STUDY - Labour TENS | PainPod & Pregnancy | TENS machine for labour AustraliaDuring pregnancy it's common for women to lean towards natural, non-chemical methods of managing labour pain in order to avoid the side effects of medications.

Many expecting mothers prefer to research the options available for pain relief in order to set a preference for their birthing plan when going into labour. Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, or TENS, is a viable and effective option for pain relief not only during labour (1), but for managing pain after birth as well (2).

PainPod Labour: Why do women love it?

PainPod has been used for many years for the control of pain by people wishing to minimise their use of medication. Over the last two decades Medical TENS technology as used in an advanced form by PainPod has become an attractive option for pain relief for women in labour for a number of reasons.

You can have full control with the PainPod

PainPod units are portable medical devices powered by a lithium rechargeable battery. Plugged into the machine is one or two pairs of electrode wires that connect to sets of pads or accessories. The PainPod works by passing a gentle electrical current through conductor pads that are placed on the skin to give relief from pain. The intensity, rate and duration of the electrical impulses produced by the PainPod unit can be adjusted by the person using it.

Women have said they feel they have control over their birthing pain with the PainPod. Such active participation in their labour is typically not possible when employing other forms of pain relief.

Other benefits of the PainPod for labour pain

The PainPod medical devices are a drug-free option with a lot of other key advantages for pregnant mothers to consider:

For more detailed information on how to use PainPod in labour, contact the PainPod team and we will assist you in finding a retailer or distributor near you for a demonstration.

Contraindications

Here at PainPod HQ, we strictly recommend that you consult with your doctor before using the PainPod during pregnancy. Most commonly the PainPod has been known to be recommended by doctors during the last trimester of pregnancy, during labour and/or after labour for pain management. Your health and the health of your baby is our main priority so take time to consult with a qualified medical professional before use if you plan to use PainPod advanced TENS treatment technology while pregnant.

Other relevant factors that will affect your suitability for treatment with TENS technology include:

If you are prone to seizures, have cancer or are recovering from cancer, consult with your doctor before use.

PainPod for Labour

We wish all our birthing mothers an empowering experience and a very happy day of their baby's birth. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us via Facebook or through the contact us page today.

References:

  1. Government of WA; Department of Health The Use of TENS in Labour Physiotherapy Department Web site: http://wnhs.health.wa.gov.au © January 2006 WNHS 0386 Rev 1 Revised November 2010. See brochure here.
  2. Kayman Köse, S., Arioz, D. T., Toktas, H., Koken, G., Kanat-Pektas, M., Kose, M., and Yilmazer, M. (2014) Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) for pain control after vaginal delivery and cesarean section. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med 27, 1572-1575