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- We recommend selecting the 8-week hire to start the date you'll be 35 weeks; once it arrives, this allows 4 weeks on either side of your due date
- If you're already further along, you can choose the 6 or 4-week hire, though we recommend receiving it ASAP and allowing 4 weeks after your due date
- Shipping times don't come off your hire time; we have a 1-week shipping buffer, so your 4, 6 or 8-week hire starts 1-week after we send it
- If your date is greyed out, we are booked for that date. You can check back each weekday at lunchtime and more may become available. If your dates are available now, we recommend hiring ASAP - we book out far in advance and recommend that you book your TENS by the time you're 30 weeks pregnant to ensure you don't miss out
IMPORTANT NOTE: Unless you purchase the money-back guarantee your TENS hire cannot be refunded if you don't get to use it. Please give yourself as much time as possible before you're due to ensure you have it ready.
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Please note that as this is a hire service, once the machine has been posted we have provided the service and therefore cannot provide refunds for non-use of machine. Please consider purchasing our Money-Back Guarantee to cover you for unused machines, or advise us before your machine is sent to be eligible for a refund for non-use. By purchasing this item, you agree to this and our full TENS Machine hire agreement found at the footer of our website.
Elle TENS Manual
What is the TENS Machine?
Answering your biggest questions about the TENS machine!
The TENS machine helps distract your mind, build endorphins (our body's natural pain relievers) and flood your nervous system, limiting your ability to send pain signals to your spinal cord and brain.
Our brain can only focus on so much information at a time; once your brain is at capacity, it will shut out the signals that haven't reached it yet. The nerve signals from the TENS machine essentially take up that 'room' in your brain, so there is less 'room' for the pain to be received.
Your TENS is super easy to use, you just have someone place the electrodes on your back, as shown here, pop the batteries in the machine and then plug the wires into the machine and electrodes.
From there, you just turn it on and using the +/- buttons you
turn the power up or down as you'd like, depending on what feels comfortable for you.
It is recommended to start using it as early as you can when you're in labour, we recommend using it as soon as you think you're in labour.
The TENS machine shouldn't hurt you; you are in total control of the sensation you're feeling. Our TENS machines have varying power levels, meaning you can always power right down if needed.
Your machine will automatically start on a medium level of power as this is the preferred option and feels like a soft buzz or tingle for most people. However, a button on your machine (OM +/-) will allow you to turn the machine down to an even lower level. This will all be easily explained in the manual, which can be found at the start of the page.
Yes! That's the best thing; it is a non-invasive and safe pain relief option that will give you genuine support in labour.
There are no known risks to you and your baby besides the rare risk of allergic reaction to the electrodes. With the exception of a few medical conditions or situations which may mean you shouldn't use the TENS.
We recommend reading the contraindications in the manual before using your machine; for up-to-date info you can find the link to your manual on this page above.
What Does the Research Say?
This study compared the percentage of severe pain scores reported by those without a TENS versus those with a TENS...
49% of people not using a TENS at 4cm dilated said their pain was severe
At the same time, only 20% of people using a TENS at 4cm dilated said their pain was severe
Findings: The mean of the severity of labor pain indicated a statistically significant difference after the intervention. The severity of pain indicated a statistically significant difference in the second stage of labor, and 4 hours after the labor in the groups. The duration of the first stage of labor was significantly different between the groups.
Conclusion: The application of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation affected pain relief in the first and second stages of labor and 4 hours after labor.
This study compared the percentage of high pain scores from one group of people, measuring the scores before using a TENS and then 30 minutes after using a TENS...
Before using a TENS, 83% of people said their pain was a seven or higher
After using a TENS for only 30 minutes, only 20% of people said their pain was a seven or higher
Conclusion: TENS produces a significant decrease in pain during labour and postpones the need for pharmacological analgesia for pain relief.
This study compares the use of TENS machine to Pethidine/Demerol (a pharmacological pain relief option used in hospitals), where it was found that TENS offered the same level of pain relief as this common drug...
Researchers in Egypt randomly assigned 100 people in active labour to either receive low-intensity TENS applied to the back, or to receive Pethidine/Demerol, which is an injectable narcotic. TENS was used in the experimental group until the participants reached 10 centimetres dilation.
They found a decrease in pain scores in both groups, but there was no significant difference between the groups. Forty-eight hours after the birth, the people who were randomly assigned to receive TENS during labor were much more satisfied with their birth, on average, compared to the people who received the injectable pain medication. Of those who received TENS, 83% reported being satisfied, compared with only 10% of those who received Demerol.
In addition to low satisfaction, the people who received Demerol also reported side effects such as drowsiness, nausea and vomiting. Babies in the Demerol group also had lower Apgar scores after birth. There were no bad side effects reported in the TENS group.
My midwives laughed when in transition i said I wanted to marry my tens. They have helped me through two unmedicated labours and birth after pains. Boost function is great, have someone support you with its use as I forgot to turn it higher when in the throes of labour and only used it at 20% power. Hiring from the birth store without a hitch. Thank you
Elle Labour TENS Machine Hire
I absolutely loved my tens machine. I could not have achieved my natural birth of my dreams without it. I recommend this one to everyone
When we realised we had missed the cut off date to hire a tens machine from the hospital, we quickly searched for an online company to hire from. With only a few days till the due date our tens arrived promptly and came with all the useful info needed as well as spare batteries. The machine itself provided salient relief for my partner during labour and even for relaxation in the weeks after for use on shoulders. Thanks The Birth Store.
Highly recommend! Best $$ I spent in preparation for birth. The TENs machine ended up being the only pain relief I used, and was so effective that when I turned up to hospital I was fully dilated. If it is your birth preference to spend as much time as possible at home, I would definitely suggest using a TENs machine as it is easy to use and also provides great pain relief. The process of hiring a TENs machine from The Birth Store was also really simple.
The TENS machine was amazing ! Worth every cent. I was induced and my husband was able to easily apply it to my back. It helped to take my mind off the contractions and focus on breathing. I thought I was going to use the shower or bath for labour but I was happy to keep the TENS machine on instead. Towards the end of my labour I was using the boost button on the TENS machine as well as the gas. It honestly made the experience so positive and manageable. The hire and return process was so simple and easy. Thank you again. I’ll definitely be recommending this to everyone I know.
Unfortunately I didn’t have a vaginal birth as planned and had purchased the money back option. My money was refunded, communication was great and the whole process was super easy!
The TENS Machine worked wonders for my early labour.. it took my mind off the pain and allowed me to breathe through the contraction. It was so easy to use, my husband was able to set it up easily and help me through the pain.
I'm so glad I hired it, the process was so straight forward and price worth every cent! Thank you so much.
I’m a midwife and preparing for labour was super exciting for me. I was excited to discover the sensations, emotions and put personally in to practice the pain management techniques I preach. I never imagined the TENS machine would be my saving grace but I truely believe I would not have coped in my labour the way I did without it. The TENS machine became my security blanket. It helped me through the physical and mental turmoil of labour in a way that no other method could. I felt empowered that the TENS machine allowed me an active labour and led me to the birth I’d dreamed of. I could not be more happy!
The tens machine was honestly my saving grace throughout labour.
It was so easy to put together and use, the boost button got me through each contraction right until the very end.
Couldn’t recommend this enough!