# Thursday, July 26, 2007

When I started this blog about 8 months ago, I decided I would write the kind of blog I like to read.  No non-sense, not filled with drivel about my life, and most importantly (to me any ways) technology related.

This post kind of blurs the lines a little bit, but I think in a good way.  My wife and I found out the end of March we are going to have a baby (Yay!).  I've known for a long time that when we did finally get pregnant, we wanted to be able to hear the heart beat any time we wanted.

To that end, I did a whole lot of research on fetal heart monitors.  Turns out, a lot of the consumer fetal heart monitors (especially the ones under $50) are glorified stethoscopes.  What self respecting geek would use something that cheesy?  Not I!

Once you move above the $100 mark, you start to get into Doppler.  These are the kind your ob/gyn and midwife have.  I knew this was what we wanted.  After more research, I settled on the Hi-Bebe-200 by Bistos.

What I really liked about the Hi-Bebe-200 I bought, was everything was included in the box.  Batteries, gel, the unit, instructions and carrying case.  When the device arrived, we immediately tried it out, and within about 5 minutes we had found the heart beat.  It was a very awesome experience!  Our second time using the device I found the heart beat in about 2 minutes.

One thing I wish they included was a 6 foot 1/8th inch audio patch cord so you can record it on your computer right away.  But a quick trip to Radio Shack and I have everything I need to be able to record the heart beat.

The eBay seller, Uncle Bobs Store was awesome.  Item shipped right away, shipping was only $6; and the item got here right away!

Enough non-geek talk.  Oh yeah, go listen to heart beat :)

Thursday, July 26, 2007 3:00:15 PM (Alaskan Daylight Time, UTC-08:00)