TENS Rental for Birth

Drug-free pain relief for labor

Empower yourself with a TENS unit designed especially for labor. This tool for pain relief is controlled by you (the mama), does not have the side effects of drugs, and allows to you move freely.

What is TENS?

TENS is a small, hand-held device that helps your body produce its own pain-blocking endorphins. TENS, or Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, passes mild electrical impulses through the skin.

The TENS unit available from Compassion Tree is designed specifically for use during labor. Although TENS is widely available to and used by birthing women in other countries, it is only coming into wider acceptance here. Please speak with your doctor or midwife about your use of TENS.

“Long used in much of the world for control of chronic or postsurgical pain as an adjunct to or replacement for pain medication, TENS was introduced into maternity care in Scandinavia in the 1970s. Today it is widely used and rated highly by users in the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, parts of Canada, and in other countries. In fact, TENS units, designed for convenient use by the woman in labor, are available for rent without a doctor’s or midwife’s order in drugstores and medical equipment companies in those countries.”

– Penny Simkin, PT & April Bolding, PT. “Update on Nonpharmacologic Approaches to Relieve Labor Pain and Prevent Suffering,” pp 14-15. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health 49(6):489-504, 2004.

See pages 14-16 of the above linked article for more info on TENS.

Renting TENS for your birth

Rental for the four weeks surrounding your estimated delivery date (EDD) includes unit, pads, batteries, and spare pads/batteries. Rental fee is $70.

Contact Compassion Tree to arrange your rental.