Frequently asked questions
Frequently asked questions
What is a TENS machine?
"TENS" stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulus - or electrical stimulations sent through the skin. Its a form of pain relief that has no side effects, is drug free, and wont cause drowsiness.
How does TENS work in labour?
The TENS machine will work in three ways:
1. Endorphin release - the TENS, whilst not painful, stimulates your body's natural painkillers - endorphins. These endorphins will help you relax and will help your body manage each contraction.
What are the advantages of using TENS?
Using an obstetric TENS unit during labour provides a woma with many benefits. The most obvious of these are that there are no side effects for either mother or baby. In addition, TENS:
When shouldn't the TENS be used?
The TENS should not be used under the following circumstances:
Will TENS work for me?
Every womans body responds differently to the TENS stimulatio AND to labour, so there no definitive answer. It is difficult to accurately measure how effective a form of pain relief it is, however research has shown that women using TENS in labour are less likely to request additional forms of pain relief, and are less likely to report very high levels of pain. Probably the best indication of TENS effectiveness is that every woman who uses TENS during her labour says she will do so again.
When do I start using the TENS?
We recommend you start using an obstetric TENS at home at the onset of contractions. Early use of labour TENS promotes the bodies production of endorphins and encephalins - the bodies natural pain killers
How long should TENS be used for during labour?
The TENS machine can be worn as needed for as long as desired, but a minumim 30 minutes duration is recommended for childbirth
Can I practice with the TENS machine?
Yes, it is recommended you try out the TENS machine beforehand to to become familiar with the operation and the sensations. You may place the pads on your lower back as you would during labour, or you may place them on the inside of your forearm to test. If you are ealier than 37 weeks then limit the test to a sort period (less than 1 minute). The pads are self adhesive and re-usable. Re-apply the plastic film to the sticky side of the pads when finished and store safely.
Can the TENS be used for a water birth?
Yes, although NOT whilst in the water. TENS needs to be REMOVED PRIOR to entering the water
Can TENS be used with other forms of pain relief?
Yes, you may continue using the TENS machine with other methods of pain relief, such and pethidine and gas, however it is not to be used in water
Can I take the TENS unit into the hospital with me?
Yes. The midwives and doctors are usually very happy for women to use a TENS machine during labour. Check with your midwife or doctor if you are unsude. You may be requried to turn the TENS unit off temporarily whilst using electronic monitoring equipment
What are the disadvantages of using TENS?
- you probably wont be able to put the pads in place without help
How do I used a TENS machine?
1. Check the machine if OFF before placing the pads on your back
I am due really soon, do you have machines available and how long will it take to get to me?
We always have machines available, and ship everyday Mon - Fri. If you place an order before 3pm we will endeavor to have it in the mail for you that evening, and for metro areas on the east coast of Australia the estimated delivery is usually one business day. However this is not guaranteed
It looks like I will go overdue, can I extend my hire?
If you would like to hire the TENS machine for longer please get in contact with us and we will make arrangments to do so. There are a few options - you can upgrade your hire to 6 or 8 weeks or we can take the cost of the extra weeks out of your deposit
I have lost my return post parcel, what do I do?
Unfortunately the return post parcel provided with the Labour TENS Hire once lost is non-refundable, so you will need to purchase a new one at Australia Post (or you are welcome to wrap it yourself) and pay for postage. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for the return address.
If I don't use my TENS can I have a refund?
We understand that babies and birth are always unpredictable! If your TENS hasn't been sent out yet, you can let us know to cancel your order and receive a full refund. However, since the Labour TENS Hire is a service, if you choose not to use the machine or are unable to use it, we have provided the service and therefore cannot provide refunds.
Will my electrode pads stay sticky?
Are there options to hire for shorter periods if I am late in gestation?
For those women hiring a few days before the babies due date then they can opt for a 2 week hire. This option is only available upon request