Prime Minister urged to ban sales of 'home doppler' pregnancy monitors

A charity which supports pregnant women and families who experience stillbirths is calling for a ban on over-the-counter sales of 'home dopplers'. The devices allow expectant mothers to monitor their baby's heartbeat.

'Kicks Count' says that the devices can give a false sense of security, and should only be used by trained medical professionals who know how to interpret the data properly.

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'Home doppler' ban petition: Top tips for mums-to-be on monitoring baby

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.

There is a wide range of 'home dopplers' on the market, many with warnings to users saying they are not a substitute for medical diagnosis

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