The Trust

Natural pain relief in childbirth

Maternity TENS hire

Many women use some form of pain relief in labour. Women can choose several different methods and change from to another as labour progresses. The transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) machine is available at the trust for hire.

TENS Machine

Electrodes are taped on to the woman’s back and connected by wires to a small battery-powered stimulator known as an ‘obstetric pulsar’. The woman holds the pulsar and can give herself small, safe amounts of current. It is believed that TENS works by stimulating the body to increase production of its own natural painkillers, called endorphins. It also reduces the number of pain signals that are sent to the brain by the spinal cord. There are no known side-effects for the mother or the baby and the woman can move around while using it.

TENS can:

  •  Assist women to experience a drug free labour.
  • Be beneficial in the latent phase.
  • Enable you to choose to stay in your home environment prior to labour admission.
  • Be non-invasive.
  • Allow for independence during labour.
  • Be self managed and administered.
  • Enable mobility.
  • Be low cost and high quality

This service aims to provide you with convenience, accessibility, flexibility and ease of return following delivery.


£25 hire plus a refundable deposit of £25.

More information

For more details and to book a TENS unit please contact your midwife or Antenatal clinic on 01625 661160.

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