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A quick review of Breed & Infertile Couple Seeking 1 Used Doppler



13528381I was up way too late last night finishing up Breed by Chase Novak, which I started Saturday morning while waiting on my plane to arrive. I decided that it was a GOOD idea to read a horror story about a new infertility procedure going terribly wrong while 10 weeks pregnant after IVF. The Professor nearly lost it when I told him what I was reading but I was actually ok with it since the general plot line is so far out there it just could not happen. I assure you ladies, the injectable fertility drugs that were originally made from the urine of menopausal nuns and are now synthesized in a lab will not turn you into a monster that craves small animals and humans. Promise. 🙂

In the world of pop fiction I’d give this book a solid 7 out of 10 – it kept me turning pages (or clicking my Kindle button) and left me satisfied at the end. I’m a really critical reader and found the writing to be acceptable (not award-winning but far better than 50 Shades of Terrible) and the plot line to only have a few big holes leaving me asking “Hey! How did that character end up here?” Several times I found myself on the edge of my airplane seat, suspiciously eyeing the stranger seated on my left. I’d say the end is a little lack-luster, but did an ok job of tying up the story and not leaving you all “What the hell now?” All in all, a good adrenaline producing read that, if you are comfortable with imaginary infertility horror scenarios, I would recommend as a great option for your holiday travel flights and layovers.

NPR reviewed the book a while back and posted an excerpt that you can check out here.


I really don’t have a ton to report right now. I’m still feeling shockingly good for being one day shy of 11 weeks pregnant, which of course makes me worry. The constant hunger, though, reminds me that things are most likely ok. Still, a little peace of mind would be really nice. The Professor and I have discussed buying a home doppler so we can check in on the Chicken from time to time. I was actually pretty against it until he said that he would really like the comfort of having an occasional listen.

I poked around online and was a little overwhelmed by the price variation between units. I saw dopplers for $600+ and then units for about $150. I also saw people selling used ones on e-Bay. Always a cheap-skate, I thought I’d check here first and see if any of my lovely readers who have made it to the other side have a used doppler to sell or lend? Does anyone have any advice as to which units to purchase and which to pass up? For the record: I’m NOT interested in spending $600 on one. 🙂 Remember, I’m  cheap!

Sadly, this is all I’ve got right now. My mind is currently churning with non-IF related things (like holiday decorating, making Christmas cards and prepping for the Professor’s graduation party next weekend) so I think I’ll cut this one a little short. In the meantime, I hope you all have an excellent day and, if you are also stuck in an office, the hours pass swiftly, the coworkers are minimally annoying and the commute home is delightfully swift and traffic free! 🙂



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  1. December 6, 2012

    I borrowed a used doppler. I think it’s called Stork Chaser? My one tip is…don’t start trying to find the heartbeat yourself until your dr. can find it on the doppler. You’ll freak yourself out if you can’t find it, and trust me, I’ve done that too 🙂 I think I started trying at 14 or 15 weeks and I LOVEEE my doppler, still.

  2. December 6, 2012

    Go to Amazon – you can get some good ones for $80!
    Thats what we did!!
    But don’t use it until the OB has found the heartbeat – you’ll drive yourself NUTS! (Like I did..)

  3. Amy #
    December 6, 2012

    I have a Sonoline B that I got on eBay, couldn’t have been more than $60 (I am super cheap, too). Doing nothing but gathering dust in my linen closet for the time being – I would love to lend it to you! It gave me immense comfort from about this time until i started feeling regular movement on a daily basis. And even then, it’s just fun to listen to the heartbeat. Just let me know your address (ame dot dame at gmail dot com) and I will send it your way next week!

    • December 6, 2012

      That’s the one I was looking at! I’d be delighted to put it to good use for a few months and then return it when the Chicken starts kicking me regularly 🙂 I’ll email you in a bit…

    • mylifeisaboutthejourney #
      December 6, 2012

      I second the Sonoline B!! My friend lent hers to me and I have used it since 10 weeks. The first time he was very difficult to find and I got very nervous, but once I found him, I never had trouble again because he is usually in the same spot. Such an amazing sound. I still use it every couple days when the baby isn’t as active. Can’t wait until you get to find your baby’s heartbeat!! 🙂 -D

  4. karaleen #
    December 6, 2012

    For my first baby…I rented a doppler…it was like $30 a month and it was a good one. For my 2nd baby…I borrowed one from a friend. It wasn’t quite as sensitive…but by 11 weeks I could consistently find the baby without a problem. I highly recommend them. They really helped put my mind at ease…not only in these early days…but later on when baby seemed quiet.

  5. Bethany #
    December 6, 2012

    Belle, I rent mine monthly through you can rent monthly for around $18. I am the biggest advocate for dopplers…especially with all we have been through. The sense of relief is great after a bout with anxiety!

  6. December 6, 2012

    AHHH, you are SOO close to the second trimester!! This is so exciting. That is all. 🙂

  7. December 6, 2012

    I bought mine on amazon for I think $60 and it worked great. I’d be happy to mail you mine if you’d be willing to mail it back at some point. I like to imagine that I’ll be lucky enough to have another pregnancy some day and would want it. It does give huge piece of mind between where you are right now and the first kicks. Shoot me an email with your address and I’ll get it in the mail 🙂

  8. December 6, 2012

    I want to gently suggest NOT getting a Doppler, but to each her own. I didn’t get one and I’m glad I didn’t because I would probably have freaked myself out a lot if I couldn’t find heartbeats. If the babies had a sleepy day I could always say to myself that they were having a sleepy day and not moving as much. If I couldn’t find a heartbeat I would end up in the hospital. Also, my babies HATED the Doppler things, they would get so agitated when the doctors would try to listen in.

    However, I don’t think they are terrible or anything and if you really want one then go for it 🙂

  9. jak #
    December 6, 2012

    no doppler, sorry, and havent made my mind up on it either.

    as far as ‘breed’, i’ve already decided to skip it. i feel creeped out and violated enough from 3 rounds of ivf that i dont want to live through an imaginary couple’s horrors with something even creepier than and more invasive than what we’ve all been through. besides! i’m in the middle of a large collection of hemingway’s short stories and loving it (why did i ever hate him in high school?). someone dies in almost every story, it’s really satisfying my morbid side and taste for the short story at the same time:)

    • December 6, 2012

      Totally understand skipping Breed. It is not the sort of book I would normally pick up, however, I was killing time one day at the bus stop and read NPRs review and was found myself completely smitten. I’m not usually a horror girl but something about this one struck a chord with me. As for Hemingway – he is AMAZING! Hands down one of my favorite authors to study back in school. So glad you have developed an appreciation for him!

  10. December 6, 2012

    Hi Belle – we’re still using ours, but it was less than $60 total here: with the coupon CGBLOG510. I never used it more than once a week (my own self-imposed rule to prevent becoming obsessed), but it was really helpful when I was bleeding at 14 weeks and especially in the weeks just after I started to feel movement. On the days when I couldn’t feel the fetus at all, I was reassured by a steady heartbeat. Early on, though, it can be hard to find.

    • December 6, 2012

      I intend on a 1x a week rule, too. I think we’ll listen every Monday morning just in case I can’t find anything and freak out I can call the doctor during regular business hours 🙂 I also won’t try to find it on my own until my OB/midwife can find it first. I know myself too well!!

  11. Infertility Can Suck It #
    December 6, 2012

    I love our doppler, and as a panicky anxiety prone person with a history of loss, it really has been a lifesaver. We actually just bought the Angel Sounds one of of Amazon for $30. I had a hard time believing it would work for so cheap, but I’ve found the heartbeat every time I’ve looked for it since 9 weeks. Pretty wild! With bouts of cramping and spotting just checking in on the little one stops the anxiety and the looping right in its tracks. It has been an emotional lifesaver 🙂 I will say, when you look for it, look LOOOOW. Like right at your pubic bone. The first time may take a while, but pretty soon you’ll be finding it really quickly. Now that I’m at 15 weeks, I can even hear it moving around, which is so crazy and fun! Last night I heard 3 karate chops pops in a row and then a “swish” sound and it swam away. So wild! I tell everyone I meet what a lifesaver it’s been. Plus, it’s fun for hubby to have a listen too. He gets to feel more involved that way and looks forward to saying “hi” when we turn it on. Also, my OB told me they are totally harmless to the baby and if you want to listen every single day, that’s absolutely fine. Win win!!

    • Amy #
      December 6, 2012

      I forgot about that! Yes, when you locate the heartbeat and then hear some static-y-like sounds, and it may disappear…you can chase it around a bit, or picture and arm or leg waving at you. So much fun…. I’m a broken freaking record, but I am SO HAPPY for you to finally be able to think about dopplers and birth plans rather than all the horrible frustration you’ve gone through to get to this point!

  12. December 6, 2012

    I bought the sonoline b. I didn’t use it until 14 weeks and once I figured out where the baby was I could always find the heartbeat. My only advice is to use it for the first time on a day you have an appointment. That way if you can’t find anything you know it’s just you and not a dead baby.

  13. December 6, 2012

    Thanks for the book tip! I’m gonna check it out. Glad you’re feeling well right now!

  14. December 6, 2012

    Belle I got the angel sounds Doppler on Amazon new for $30. And it works!

  15. December 7, 2012

    This makes me think about getting a doppler – i’m only 7 weeks so i have a few more weeks to go before i can but i’m already wondering if this will help my anxiety. I appreciate this comment thread with tips and places to buy it 🙂 Thanks for bringing up this subject, Belle. And kudos to you for reading an IF creepy book. how brave!!

  16. Britt #
    December 7, 2012

    I LOVED my Sonoline B – picked up a heartbeat as early as 10wks (but then again it was twins, so I was growing fast) and looked forward to checking in every night 🙂 It really calmed me down when the babies started kicking WAY less at one point – otherwise I’m sure I would have been at the OB, demanding an ultrasound!

  17. Arbrefleur #
    December 8, 2012

    Book reviews! Awesome! More please! Love. It. A real page turner for the plane is the BEST thing ever! I’ll check it out. I currently have the latest publication from my absolute favorite author stashed away waiting for my Christmas travels. “Round House” by Louise Erdrich. I’m saving it like the last piece of Halloween candy! Congrats on soon getting a doppler. Keep us posted on your first tete-a-tete with the Chicken. Yippee!

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