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Nine Months :TENS machine for pain relief in labour

How will TENS help the pain?

TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. The treatment consists of passing mild electrical impulses across the skin, into the nerver fibres which lie below, via electrodes pads. TENS impulses help your body produce its own pain killing chemicals, such as endorphins, encephalins etc.

The level of pain relief obtained varies from person to person. Some find that the TENS provides all the pain relief required during the whole labour, whilst others find it relieves pain during the first stage but other analgesics are also needed during the second and third stage.


* Totally safe and drug free

* You are in control

* You can continue to be mobile while using it

* It allows you to use other analgesics such as pethidine or gas and air if you wish

* It is very effective if used from the onset of labour.

* Once the correct strength of the current has been set, the effects can be felt immediately.

Side Effects

Side effects in you: None

Side effects in the baby: None

How do I arrange for a TENS machine?

Most hospitals do not provide a TENS machine. You will need to confirm this with either your midwife or the hospital directly well in advance.

Mothersbliss has teamed up with Body Clock to bring to you the most reliable and easy to use TENS machines. Body Clock supply TENS machines to a vast majority of hospitals (both NHS and privately owned) across the nation, Health Centres and also the National Childbirth Trust (NCT).

Elle TENS is the Ultimate Digital Obstetric TENS using the latest Opti-Max technology. This easy-to-use TENS offers maximum pain relief during labour and beyond. All the settings are pre-set so there is no fuss in setting up.

Supplied with: soft carrying pouch, 2 leads and 1 spare, 4 large self adhesive electrodes, 2 batteries and 1 spare, simple to use instructions, neck cord, Women's Guide to Drug Free Pain Relief (by Dr Gordon Gadsby)

Frequently Asked Questions?

How do I know that the TENS machine I will receive will be reliable?

We have teamed up with Body Clocks who are the leading supplier of TENS machines to all major hospitals across the UK (both NHS and privately owned). They also supply the National Childbirth Trust (NCT). Their company is greatly respected and we would only make something available to you only when we are convinced about it's suitability and reliability for you.

Can I combine FemmeTENS with other medication?

Yes - It can be used with analgesics such as gas and air or pethidine.

When should the Femme TENS not be used?

1. TENS should not be used before 37 weeks of pregnancy unless under medical supervision

2. Electrodes should only be placed as recommended, unless otherwise stated by your doctor, midwife or physiotherapist

3. Do not place electrodes on the front or side of the neck, abdomen or places on the head which cause current to flow transcerebrally (through the head).

4. Do not use TENS if you have a demand type cardiac pacemaker, suffer from epilepsy, or whenever pain syndromes are undiagnosed.


1. Electronic monitoring equipment (such as ECG monitors and ECG alarms) may not operate properly when TENS stimulation is in use.

2. Skin irritation can occur following long term application.


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