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Elle Labour TENS Machine Hire

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  • Your order will be sent on the date you select, along with any other products you purchase in the same order.
  • 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
  • We add a 1-week shipping buffer to your order to cover the time it takes to arrive. This means your hire period is technically 9, 7, or 5 weeks from when we send it - depending on the date you select.
  • If your date is greyed out, we are booked for that date. You can check back each weekday at lunchtime; 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.

        Hire Duration: 8 Weeks

        Pickup available at The Birth Store

        Usually ready in 24 hours

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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. 

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        Elle TENS Manual
        • Everything you need to use your TENS included in your hire
        • Pre-paid return satchel to easily send back
        • Our flexible hire can be booked as much in advance as you'd like
        • Fully refundable at any point up until we send/you pick it up
        Hire Duration: 8 Weeks


        The Ultimate Tool for Drug-free Pain Relief in Your Birth

        Read on to learn more about the TENS and how it can help you.

        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.


        Why Choose the Elle TENS?

        This version of the TENS machine is the base model, it has all the features you really need, for an affordable price.

        This handheld unit has the Elle TENS Opti-Max technology for an extra reserve of power later in labour; it also has the "boost button" for your contractions (a.k.a. your new best friend). It has the same power output and will give you the same level of pain relief as our other award-winning Elle TENS devices.

        The only features you lose on this machine is the contraction timer and screen light (which you can find on the Elle TENS 2 and the Elle TENS Plus) and the standard pain mode for use when you're not in labour (which you can find on the Elle TENS Plus). These are great features, but if you're just looking for pain relief in labour without the bells and whistles at an affordable price, this is the one you want. Take a look at our comparison below if you're not sure.


        Just 4 Simple Steps

        Our hire process was created to make things super simple for you to organise whilst pregnant, for birth and with postpartum in mind.

        Place Your Order

        Using our user-friendly calendar interface on the product page, you place your order online, selecting the date you'd like us to send your TENS.

        Reserved For You

        We schedule your TENS to be sent for you on the date you select on checkout. This can be done as far in advance as you'd like.

        Simply Return

        We'll remind you when it's time to return your machine; and then you send it back using your pre-paid return satchel that we provide: no printing, cost, or fuss.

        All Done

        Your TENS is tested, cleaned and sanitised; then it is ready to go on its next journey, hopefully changing another person's birth.

        Let Us Compare for You

        See below the differences in features between our three machines, or skip straight to our handy three question quiz to help you decide:

        Elle TENS Hire

        From $49


        ✔ Labour Pain Mode

        Standard Pain Mode

        ✔ Boost Button

        ✔ Opti-Max Technology

        Contraction Timer

        Screen Light

        Pelvic Floor Stimulation

        Elle TENS 2 Hire

        From $59


        ✔ Labour Pain Mode

        Standard Pain Mode

        ✔ Boost Button

        ✔ Opti-Max Technology

        Contraction Timer

        Screen Light

        Pelvic Floor Stimulation

        Elle TENS Plus Hire

        From $69


        ✔ Labour Pain Mode

        Standard Pain Mode

        ✔ Boost Button

        ✔ Opti-Max Technology

        Contraction Timer

        Screen Light

        Pelvic Floor Stimulation

        *not available with hire, outright purchase only*


        Our Hire Has Everything You Need

        🗹 Elle TENS Machine (3 to choose from)

        🗹 4x Large Maternity Electrodes

        🗹 4x AA Batteries

        🗹 2x Lead-wires

        🗹 Simple Instructions

        🗹 Pre-paid Return Satchel

        🗹 The Birth Store Bag

        🗹 Birth Affirmation Lanyard

        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.

        "The majority of women who used the TENS said they would use it in future labours"

        - Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2009; (2): CD007214.

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        Customer Reviews

        Based on 226 reviews
        Andrea Limbo
        Worked a charm!

        Timely and organised Delivery and return process.

        I put the TENS on as soon as I felt I could be having contractions and it was great for the early stages of labour.

        Collette Cooper

        It was the only form of pain relief used in my labour and I found it very effective. It was super quick and easy to set up and use and the process for returning the equipment was also made extremely easy, particularly helpful when feeling so tired with a newborn baby!

        Laurinda S
        Very easy hire process

        I hired the tens machine after much research and wanting an unmedicated birth. Unfortunately I didn’t get to use my machine due to risks that required a c section to be scheduled. I had purchase the money back guarantee which was honoured so no money lost. The process for hire was super simple and the machine arrived super fast. After learning I couldn’t use the machine I reached out and was responded to extremely fast. Once returned, the refund was processed almost immediately. Thank you for such a smooth process despite being unable to use.

        Michelle R.
        An absolute godsend!

        I cannot recommend this product enough - this was the only thing I used throughout my labour to manage the pain and it was hands down the best thing ever.

        Rebekah McIntosh
        Absolutely would recommend !

        I was unsure if I would use it - however I thought because it wasn’t overly expensive to hire that I would just get it in case I wanted to use it. And man was I glad that I did. I used it at home for 3 hours before heading to hospital and was told I was 8cm dilated. I was only using half of the boost as well. I truly believe this is how I got that far along with the pain and can’t imagine how I’d felt if I used all of the boost! Amazing and have already recommended to friends who are due to give birth soon!

        Worth it

        I hired the basic version (Elle Labour TENS Machine) for my first birthing experience. I’m incredibly fearful of pain and was heavily worried how my birth experience will pan out. I found the machine was very practical in helping me manage through my contractions, along with breathing techniques. The instructions and hire-return process were also easy to follow. I would definitely hire it again.

        Affordable and so effective!

        I ordered the TENS machine from The Birth Store to use through my labour and I was so thankful I had it! It is an affordable option and the process was so simple! I had a lot of back pain through my labour and the TENS machine was the only thing that helped! It got me through and helped me to achieve an unmedicated vaginal birth!

        Highly recommended as immensely help with pain management

        Intially bit hestitant on the usability but gone ahead based on midwife recommendation ad we want to avoid the durgs during delivery. And guess what, we managed to do exactly that and this machine played a key role in doing that. Price is totally worth it. Highly recommended to give it a go. Purchasing and delivery process has been really smooth and eventhough I placed request at the last minute, they managed to send me one in time. Return process is pre-sorted and we just have to hand it over to the PO.

        A brilliant distraction

        I had so much fun with my tens during the last few weeks of pregnancy and through my labour.
        … if only you could keep the tens on in the shower!
        The tens (combined with my fit ball) allowed me to find comfy relaxing positions giving me much needed and appreciated relief. I would definitely use again.

        Thank you!

        Jessica Harlock
        Highly recommend!

        The service was so prompt & simple throughout the order, delivery & return process.
        I highly recommend hiring the TENS machine. Although my labour resulted in an emergency c section, I don’t believe I would have been able to labour for the hours I did without it! I would definitely consider hiring the TENS machine from this company again in the future.

        Hi Jessica, thank you for the review. We are glad your found the whole process simple, we try to make it all as easy as possible. We are happy to hear your were able to get some relief from you labour before your c-section. We hope your recovery went well.

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