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There have been warnings today advising pregnant women not to use over-the-counter doppler devices to monitor their baby's health by themselves at home. The charity Kicks Count delivered a 12,000 signature petition to Downing Street today calling for a ban on selling them for at-home-use.
They say the 'home dopplers' give pregnant women a false sense of security, and that dopplers should only be used by trained medical staff who know how to interpret the data. One mother-to-be who delayed contacting her midwife told us her story and why she supports a ban. See Sam Holder's report here.
ITV Meridian presenter Sangeeta Bhabra spoke to Midwife Anna Nella, from the charity Tommy's which funds research into pregnancy problems and provides pregnancy health information for parents. Tommy's has also provided a dedicated page online with tips and advice for parents-to-be on monitoring reduced baby movements.
- Watch Sam Holder speak with Vicki McNelly
A mother from Reading, who's baby was stillborn, is urging the government to ban the sale of 'home dopplers'.
The devices can be used to listen to the heartbeat of an unborn child.
Vicki McNelly delayed going to a midwife when she used a 'doppler' and heard sounds, believing her baby was alright.
Manufacturers of the devices say they are novelty items and shouldn't be used for medical or diagnostic reasons.
Vicki has joined Surrey charity 'Kicks Count' who are campaigning for the home devices to be banned, as they say it can create a false sense of security for pregnant women.
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12,000 signature petition delivered to Downing Street to ban shop sales of devices for pregnant women to monitor their unborn babies at home