T.E.N.S Pain Management

5 weeks hire of the Obstetric Unit with BOOST for contractions, includes FREE delivery and return postage for only $68. $100 refundable bond required. Drug free, no side effects, safe for you and baby, health professional approved.

Labour TENS machine for pain relief during early labour

Frequently Asked Questions

Does it hurt?

No. TENS is non-invasive. Electrodes are placed on the surface of your skin, in the lumbar region of your back and either side of your spine.  You set the stimulation rate at a level which is comfortable for you; lower level stimulation encourages endorphin release in your body and higher level stimulation over-rides pain messages from the uterus. Various users have described the sensation as a ‘buzzing’ sensation or similar to using an electronic massage device.

Q.      Is there a risk it will begin labour?

No.  TENS alone and when used as indicated will not begin labour. 

Q.  How does it work?

TENS provides very gentle electrical stimulation from the electrode pads placed on your back (as in the image above) to your nerve endings.  It has been described as a very pleasant ‘tingling’ sensation and can be compared with an electronic massage device. The stimulation encourages your body to release endorphins (feel-good hormones) between contractions; and provides pain-relief during contractions,  by sending stimulus through your faster nerve pathways, that override the pain signal from your uterus to your brain.  This is commonly referred to as the ‘pain-gate’ theory.

Q.    How long do I have the TENS unit for?

My standard booking term is 5 weeks.  I recommend receiving the unit 3 weeks prior to your due date and hire term continues until 2 weeks after birth.  However, you can choose your dates when you book the unit.  Longer term hires can also be arranged.

Q.      Can any woman use TENS?

TENS is a safe drug-free option for most women.  Extra caution would be required for women who experience epilepsy, early miscarriage, or who have heart disease or an implant such as a pacemaker or defibrillator.  In these circumstances, TENS should be considered in consultation with your Lead Maternity Carer.


Q.      Can TENS be used with other methods of pain relief?

Yes. The only circumstances you wouldn’t include TENS with other forms of pain relief is with use of water (birth pool, shower, and bath) and an epidural block (there is simply no need for TENS when an epidural is applied, as all feeling from the waist and below is lost).

Q.    Can I use a TENS unit from my local physio clinic?

It would be possible to hire a unit from a local physio; however, these units are general use units and not designed specifically for childbirth.  My units are modern obstetric units, with a BOOST button, purposefully developed to provide pain relief during labour contractions.


Q.      Who controls the TENS unit?

You do.  The small unit is held in your hand and you select the comfort level of stimulation.  If required, TENS can be stopped at the touch of a button.  Some women don’t want to ‘deal’ with the TENS unit during strong contractions – in this instance, simply ask your support person to control the stimulation as you require.


Q.      Is TENS difficult to use?

Not at all.  The unit comes with easy-to-follow instructions and settings for early/active/transitional stages of labour. I am only a phone call away to provide assistance if required.  It’s also a good idea to become familiar with your TENS unit before the big day.


Q.     When will I receive the TENS unit?

The $68 hire fee includes courier delivery to your specified address and return postage.  You will receive the TENS unit 3 weeks prior to your estimated due date and the booking term continues for two weeks post your due date to provide relief, if you experience post-birth contractions.  Longer booking periods can be arranged if required.


Q.      Can I use TENS for other reasons during pregnancy?

Yes.  TENS greatly assists in the management of Lower Back Pain (LBP).  TENS can be used from 37 weeks gestation to help manage this discomfort and is a preferred option than pain medication, which can cross the placenta. TENS may also be used to increase placental blood flow. This should be discussed with your Lead Maternity Carer.

Q.      When would I NOT use TENS?

If you experience epilepsy, heart conditions, or an implant such as a pacemaker or defibrillator, have an irritable uterus or history of miscarriage TENS should be used in consultation with your Lead Maternity Carer.  TENS should also NOT be used over broken skin surface or in water.

Terms and Conditions

1. TENS units should only be used in accordance with the instructions provided.

2. The success of TENS in labour is neither guaranteed nor warranted.

3. TENS must not be used by anyone fitted with a cardiac pacemaker, who has a heart disease or suffers from epilepsy; unless used in consultation with your personal GP/specialist.  Do not place the electrodes on any broken skin surface.  If you have any concerns whatsoever consult your medical advisor prior to use.

4. The TENS machine cannot be used in water. If the customer wishes to enter a bath, birthing pool or shower, the TENS unit should be removed.

5. It is recommended that TENS are  used after the pregnancy has reached term of 37 weeks.

6. A fully refundable bond of $100.00 is payable to secure the booking. The bond is returned to the customer once the TENS machine unit and accessories are returned in working order and original condition.

7. Failure to return the TENS by the due date may result in the Customer being charged $25.00 for each and every week or any part of a week over and above the hire period until the  TENS is returned. If the unit is not returned for any reason the Customer will be charged for that unit ($210  NZD less bond received). If the unit is returned incomplete, the Customer will be charged accordingly for the missing item/s.

8. The  TENS unit must be returned in the postage bag/courier ticket provided. The bubble wrapping provided must be used to protect the unit.

9. In the event of damage to or loss of the TENS unit, the full retail value ($210 NZD) is payable to Ready4baby.co.nz by the Customer.

10. Non-use of the hired  TENS is entirely at the discretion of the customer and no refund will apply.

11. Once the TENS unit is dispatched by courier to the Customer, the booking cannot be cancelled and a refund is not available. If the Customer contacts  by phone or email prior to the unit being dispatched a refund of the hire fee and bond paid less a $25.00 administration fee applies.

12.  TENS are fully tested immediately prior to dispatch. However, the liability of TENS shall not exceed the rental charge ($67.00).

13. The Customer should check the contents of the hire pack upon receipt and familiarise herself with the TENS and the instructions. The Customer must advise of any problems whatsoever immediately.  No responsibility is accepted where the Customer fails to do so and renders it impossible to take any corrective action.
14. In proceeding with hire and payment, the Customer agrees to these above terms and conditions.

15. Additional hire can be arranged at $15 per week.

16. We are a New Zealand service provider and all transactions are in NZD.

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