TENS Unit Renatals
Blissful Birth Doula Services currently offers the Elle TENS2 unit, designed
specifically for labor with built in contraction timer, available to rent. TENS
unit rentals are available to both clients and non clients, and can be rented
TENS machines release a low frequency electric current through the skin and
help your body naturally block its ability to perceive pain. TENS units can help
with a wide range of aches in pains throughout pregnancy, labor, and
postpartum. TENS is a portable, drug free, noninvasive, labor pain relief option.
TENS have been widely used throughout the UK and Canada for childbirth
since the 1970's, and is finally making its way into the U.S. (as many as 1-5
women in the UK have used TENS in labor).
TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation.
TENS is a safe and effective means of combating pain during the process of childbirth. It works by sending comfortable, gentle pulses to the nerves through four electrode pads placed on the skin. It utilizes the Gate Theory of Pain Control by gently stimulating your sensory nerves to suppress or block the pain signal to the brain. When these pain signals are blocked, it becomes more difficult for the brain to register the sensation of pain (or it opts for the more pleasant pulsing sensation).
Endorphins (often referred to as the body’s natural opiates) are produced naturally by the body to manage pain. High endorphin levels can make you feel alert, attentive, and even euphoric after birth, as you begin to get to know and care for your baby. In this early, postpartum period, endorphins and the hormone oxytocin are believed to play a role in strengthening the mother-infant relationship. TENS can promote the release of endorphins through a comfortable tapping sensation that results in pain relief even after the unit is turned off.
The Elle TENS has two main settings: burst and boost. During a space between labor contractions, the machine should be left on “burst”. When a contraction begins, simply press the boost button on the side of the unit for a surge of extra power for pain relief. After the contraction ends, simply press the same button again to return back to the “burst” setting.
Babycare TENS make only the highest quality products known for their excellent design and ease of use. Babycare has an active medical device license with Health Canada for the Elle TENS, and has been shown to be effective for labor and afterward. The Elle TENS can help you to remain in control, stay alert, and considerably reduce drug intake. Most importantly, there are no known side effects for you or your baby.
ELLE TENS2 UNIT ~ A NATURAL OPTION FOR LABOR PAIN RELIEF
What's included in the rental
*5 week rental period
*Elle TENS 2 unit with built in contraction timer
*4 reusable large maternity electrode pads (new pads are included in each rental and are not reused between clients)
*2 lead wires plus 1 extra
*2 rechargeable AA batteries, plus a spare set
*Neck cord and carrying pouch
Optional add ons:
*You can purchase a additional set of 4 electrode pads. While the included pads are reusable, they do eventually lose their adhesive, especially if exposed to oils, excessive moisture etc. You may also wish to practice with your TENS before labor, or continue to use it for postpartum aches and pains. A extra set of 4 electrodes can be purchased for $10
*You can pick up and drop off the unit to me locally (Monte Rio, CA), or I will ship anywhere within the continental U.S. for a additional fee.
5 week rental: $75 non clients, $65 doula service clients + security deposit
Round trip priority shipping can be added anywhere in the continental United States for a additional $20 and includes a prepaid label, insurance and tracking . Free local pick up in Monte Rio, CA (near Santa Rosa)
Frequently asked questions
How does a TENS unit work?
TENS stands for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. It uses a low frequancy electric current that relieves pain through stimulatiing the release of endorphins. When the sensory nerves are stimulated they naturally block the bodies ablilty to percieve pain. This also helps your body release int own natural painkillers. (know as the pain gateway theory).
Can I use a TENS unit in the hospital?
Yes! Most hospitals are supportive of using this comfort measure. However it is your responsibilty to confirm this with the hospital you plan to bith with.
When should I use the TENS unit?
The TENS in not recomeded for use prior to 37 weeks of pregnancy without oversight by a medical professional as they are placed over sensitive pressure points and could stimulate labor. You can begin using your TENS unit at home as soon as contraction discomfort starts and on through the birth. However the unit is not waterproof and can not be worn while showering or in a birth pool/tub. If plannig a water birth TENS can be a great comfort measure for early/active labor up until you decide to enter the birth pool.
Can I use a TENS if I'm plannig a waterbirth?
Who should not use TENS?
You should not use a TENS machine if you have open lesions on your back, have a pacemaker, or have a seizure disorder.
How much is the security deposit?
The security deposit is $50, which will be refunded upon the return and inspection of the TENS as long as it is found to be undamged and in working order.
How does the shipping/return shipping work?
I strive to make the shipping and return process as easy and seamless for new parents as possible!
When might I want to begin my rental period?
While this is totally up to you, most clients choose to begin their rental reservation at either 36 or 37 weeks of pregnancy. Early booking is stognly suggested to secure a unit for your desired time frame.
Why not use a regualr TENS machine?
Regularly available TENS are not as effectivel for the specific discomforts of childbirth, nor as intuitive to use during labor. Babycare Elle TENS machines are specifically designed for childbirth. They use larger, maternity size pads than conventional TENS and include a easy to use booster button, which is key for relieving pain during contractions. Elle TENS2 also has a built in contraction timer, and is backlit for easy viewing in a dimmly lit birth setting, as well as a neck lanyard for easy use while still moving freely during labor.
Can TENS be used with fetal monitoring? Epidurals? For c-sections?
The Elle TENS2 can be worn with external fetal monitors in place, and can be particuallrly useful in situations where mobility is limited or the baby is in a posterior or asynlitic position.
Can I pick up the TENS?
Yes! I do offer free local pickup. I am located in Monte Rio, CA, near Santa Rosa (about half an hour west of Santa Rosa).