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Expectant moms share their happiness with Shell – Baby Heartbeat Listener

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Dear moms-to-be! Great news! After reaching a large number of people with the first Shell release, we are happy to announce that Baby Heartbeat Listener is available again!

Every pregnancy and every woman is unique. But one thing all expectant moms have in common is that blissful state of happiness upon hearing their baby’s first heartbeat. On that day, you and your baby have a moment. A moment of connection. A moment of realization that the small heart inside of you, following the rhythm of your own heart, is going to fulfill your life from now on.

Shell, Baby Heartbeat Listener, has experienced incredible success since launching – With thousands of products sold and over a million app downloads until now!

Shell was created to enhance bonding and enable mothers, fathers and families alike to share the pregnancy journey in a safe, non-invasive and natural manner.

Faithful companion for future moms

Shell transforms your iPhone into a baby heartbeat listener that is safe for both mom and baby. You simply download the app, slide Shell onto your phone and enable Airplane Mode. Once you place it on your belly, Shell captures the sounds inside the womb. A special algorithm filters out background noise and amplifies the sound of your baby’s heart. No waves in, just sound out.

It’s easy to see why over a million of expectant moms have chosen Shell as their faithful companion for the pregnancy journey. The free app is wonderfully user-friendly and helps you detect the fetal heartbeat.

Know someone who’s expecting? Tag them in the comments so they don’t miss out!

Shell - Baby Heartbeat Listener
Shell makes your pregnancy a highly interactive experience and allows you to record and share heartbeat clips with family and friends over social channels.

Shell has a horn that focuses sound waves produced by the heartbeat and blocks out other noise. It delivers loud, clear and focused sound that helps enhance your baby-bonding. The ergonomics of Shell makes it very comfortable to use and it is designed to snuggle up to the belly, making the entire experience pleasing.

Your pregnancy consultant ‘on the go’

Along with heartbeat detection, Shell provides a complete overview of prenatal care and your pregnancy progress. Other features include:

Recording an unlimited number of tracks.

You can record an unlimited number of baby heartbeat clips and the app displays them as a list, organized by week of pregnancy.

Social sharing.

You can share the excitement and your happiness with loved ones by sending them recorded heartbeat clips via Facebook, Twitter or Email.

Tutorials on fetal heart positions.

Your baby changes its positions inside the womb. Easy-to-use tutorials give you important instructions on how to get the best sound experience.

Multiple pregnancy tracking.

You can track more than one pregnancy and repeat this wonderful heartbeat experience.

Kick Counter.

The Kick Counter is an easy, non-invasive test that you can do at home (and we encourage you to do so) to keep track of your baby’s movement, which is a good indication of your baby’s well-being.

Don’t miss out!

You can download the app for free and test it for yourself or share it with your expectant friends!

Shell - Baby Heartbeat Listener

The day your baby and you had a moment. It’s Shell – Baby Heartbeat Listener.

 

Shell is supported on the following iPhone devices: 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7 and 7 Plus.

Important note: Shell is NOT a medical device and is NOT intended to replace any medical advice given by a physician.

 

January 26, 2017
SHELL

Kick Counter: The latest update expectant moms should know about

Kick counter

A baby’s health and well-being is every mother’s priority. During pregnancy, expectant moms go through a series of exciting, and at times overwhelming thoughts. Perhaps one of the more angst provoking is the question of “will my baby be healthy.” The good news is, there is a world of research, great advice and techniques on how to look after yourself and your baby. From nutrition and exercise, to learning how to tune into your maternal instincts. One method is kick counting, a simple test that can help alert you to any potential problems.

What is kick counting?

Bellabeat is pleased to announce the release of the Kick Counter as the latest update to Shell. The Kick Counter is an easy, non-invasive test that you can do at home to keep track of your baby’s well-being. Your baby’s movement is a crystal ball into its health. From week 26-28 of your pregnancy, your baby becomes more active and you can feel it moving inside. A lack of movement is generally considered to be an alarm bell that something might be wrong. Obstetricians strongly recommend that you start counting kicks from the third trimester and keep track of them until delivery.
Kick counterHow does it work?

It’s very simple. Once you are in a comfortable lying down position, place one or both of your hands on your abdomen. In the Kick Counter tap on the START SESSION button and intently look out for your baby’s movement. A movement by the little bub is considered to be either a kick, roll, jab, twist, turn, and switch. Following each, tap on the RECORD KICK button. If you feel many movements all at once, tap the button for each time you feel it. Your baby should move 10 times in less than 2 hours. The date, time that you started counting and the timeframe it took you to count them will all be stored in the fetal movement chart for your records.

If you notice an absence or decrease in your baby’s movement contact your doctor immediately.

The Kick Counter is a simple, effective and ever-so-vital tool that every pregnant mommy should be using and definitely one you should recommend to all your expectant friends.

Kick counter

Shell is supported on the following iPhone devices: 5S, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, SE, 7 and 7 Plus.

Important note: Shell, Kick Counter and all features associated with Shell are NOT medical devices and are NOT intended to replace any medical advice given by a physician.

 

January 22, 2017
SHELL

New in Shell app – Smart Helper for Optimal Use

Shell – Baby’s First Heartbeat Listener

Shell – Baby’s First Heartbeat Listener, has experienced incredible success since launching some time ago. A record number of expectant parents have downloaded the free app and even more recordings have been shared via social platforms with family and friends.

With Shell now reaching a large number of people, we have received valuable feedback that has highlighted ways we can improve the user experience. Shell was created to enhance bonding and enable mothers, fathers and families alike to share the pregnancy journey in a safe, non-invasive and natural manner. Something important we wanted to point out is that Shell is NOT a medical device and is NOT intended to replace the advice of your physician. We strongly encourage all expectant moms to keep up with their regular check-ups and to consult with their doctor regarding any questions or concerns.

The latest update in our app is the Smart Helper guide, created to optimize Shell’s user experience. The first addition to the guide is the Acoustic Feedback Detector. Acoustic feedback is an occurrence that appears within any sound streaming systems when the microphone and speakers are close together. Taking Shell for example: Shell captures the sound of your baby’s heartbeat with the microphone and you hear it through the speaker at the same time. Some of the sound from the speaker can enter the microphone again and repeat itself for longer periods of time. In some instances, this can sound just like the baby’s heart, but with our Smart Helper now integrated into the Shell app, you will be notified and given instructions on how to eliminate such occurrences.

We have made a lot of effort to remove any acoustic feedback from the Shell app, but in some cases this was not possible. Below is a list of the most common situations where your device can exhibit a sound similar to your baby’s heartbeat through the Shell app:

  • Forgetting to remove the case or cover. Some of the sound that was intended to leave the speaker actually remains in your case and makes its way to the microphone, repeating itself and sounding very similar to baby’s heartbeat.

  • Not using it on a bare skin. Certain types of fabric and soft material can increase the link between the microphone and speaker on your device, which means that some sound from the speaker could end up in the microphone again.

  • Not placing the device properly. If you pressed the whole bottom side of your device on your belly (and didn’t lift the right side up), your skin can transmit the reproduced sound to the microphone, just like fabric.

In order to provide you with the best experience possible and ensure you are satisfied with our products, we have developed our Smart Helper to notify you every time you experience similar situations.

“HOW WILL THIS DETECTOR INCREASE MY EXPERIENCE?”

A majority of our users never have any problems with audio feedback, especially if they are following the user guidelines every time they use the app.

If you have forgotten any of the steps (like removing the case), there is a possibility you will hear a sound similar to your baby’s heartbeat. The detector will also listen out for any other sounds, and notify you on the screen with a message inside an animation bubble that changes to pink.

Shell app - false heartbeat detector

Once the Acoustic Feedback Detector identifies any problems with sound and you manage to eliminate them by following the instructions on the screen, the animation bubble will change back to blue.

“HOW DO I KNOW WHAT I AM DOING WRONG?”

Once the Acoustic Feedback Detector notifies you of any anomalies by means of the animation bubble, you will be able to click on it and receive instructions and information regarding the most common causes of acoustic feedback within the Shell app. Also, if you’re not looking at the screen at that time, the following instructional screens will pop up.

Shell – Baby’s First Heartbeat Listener

You can download the app for free and test it for yourself if you’re a future mom or share it with your expectant friends!

Shell is supported on the following iPhone devices: 5S, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, SE, 7 and 7 Plus.

Important note: the Shell is NOT a medical device and is NOT intended to replace any medical advice given by a physician.

November 23, 2016
SHELL

Everything you need to know about Shell – all your questions and concerns

About Shell by Bellabeat

Shell – Baby’s First Heartbeat Listener, has experienced incredible success since launching a mere 5 days ago.

With Shell now reaching a large number of people, we have received valuable feedback that has highlighted ways we can improve the user experience. Shell was created to enhance bonding and enable mothers, fathers and families alike to share the pregnancy journey in a safe, non-invasive and natural manner. Something important we wanted to point out is that Shell is not a medical device and is not intended to replace the advice of your physician. We strongly encourage all expectant moms to keep up with their regular check-ups and to consult with their doctor regarding any questions or concerns.

Below we have outlined some common occurrences and best practises to help our users get the most out of Shell.

“MY COUCH HAS A HEARTBEAT”

No worries, it doesn’t. What you are most likely hearing is a ‘false beat’ created by your phone’s mask or case. By leaving the mask on, sound comes out of the speaker, travels along the case and funnels back into the mic creating an oscillation (the back and forth of sound waves)  that produces a sound that can be mistaken for a heartbeat. In order to avoid this, we advise that you take the cover off.

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“MY HUSBAND MUST BE PREGNANT ALSO”

This relates back to the previous problem. The number one reason this happens is because the phone case is left on. If you have given it a go without it, there could be another reason. The app works by picking up internal sounds and filtering out the heartbeat, this works for the adult heartbeat also which can be detected from the chest, neck and at times the stomach. A baby’s heartbeat is much faster and between 120-160 bpm. We have some excellent guides in the app under “Education” that help you identify which is which as well as sample recordings of what a baby’s heartbeat sounds like.

It is also important to note that Shell is intended to be used on bare skin, ensuring the bottom left side of the phone is pressed gently on the belly, with the right side up to allow sound to come out . Using the application over clothing or obstructing the speaker decreases the efficiency of Shell and can also produce a false ‘beating’.

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“I CAN’T HEAR MY BABY”

The safety and wellbeing of our moms and babies is of the utmost importance to us. We have worked with a lot of wonderful expectant mothers and obstetricians to help create a great user experience. There are guided in-app tutorials to help increase the success rate for heartbeat detection, as well as reassurances if not detected. Please note you should always consult your doctor if you have any concerns and continue attending your ongoing check-ups.

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STEPS TO REMEMBER

  • 1. REMOVE THE CASE

  • 2. USE ON BARE SKIN

  • 3. LEFT SIDE ON SKIN; RIGHT SIDE UP

  • 4. CONSULT THE EDUCATIONAL GUIDES

Our team is constantly working at improving Shell and with your help we are determined to make this the best heartbeat listener available to parents, therefore we encourage any and all feedback. Here are some updates you can expect from us in the next releases:

– More elaborate educational material

– Clearer instructions

– An updated algorithm to detect false heartbeats

  (and warn you about them)

– Improved sound algorithms

 

November 7, 2016
SHELL

The Beauty of Expectancy – Introducing Shell by Bellabeat

Shell by Bellabeat

We are excited to announce the arrival of our newest member to the Bellabeat family of products, Shell – Baby’s First Heartbeat Listener. Shell enables expectant parents to hear their baby’s heartbeat in a natural and non-invasive manner, similar to placing your ear on the belly and turning the volume up.

Pregnancy is a life changing event, probably the single most life changing experience in a woman’s life. We wanted to make this time even more special by creating a product that enables moms to share the journey with loved ones. Beyond that, we wanted to create something that is safe, innovative and natural – staying true to our core values.

How it Works

Shell is a two-component device consisting of a mobile app and an add-on for your phone. The app has fancy math work behind it that enables you to hear your baby’s heart in a completely natural way. By placing the phone on your belly it captures the sounds inside the womb and uses an algorithm to filter out background noise and amplify the sound of the baby’s heart. No waves in, just sound out. There really is no other app quite like it.

The free app works wonderfully as a stand-alone and the easy-to-use tutorials contribute to the high success rate of detecting the fetal heartbeat. The add-on is designed to take it up that extra notch and enhances the overall experience. It works like a sea shell (see what we did there :) and funnels out and amplifies the sound.

Along with heartbeat listening, other Shell features include recording an unlimited number of tracks, social sharing, tutorials on fetal heart positions and multiple pregnancy tracking.

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Memories That Last a Lifetime

With bonding starting in the belly, Shell helps make this major life event interactive and provides a unique bonding experience that offers a way to keep your inner circle connected with your growing bundle of joy as it progresses toward birth.

You can already download the app for free and test it for yourself if you’re a future mom or share it with your expectant friends!

Shell is supported on the following iPhone devices: 5S, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, SE, 7 and 7 Plus.

Important note: the Shell is NOT a medical device and is NOT intended to replace any medical advice given by a physician.

 

November 1, 2016