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A beautiful home birth

A beautiful home birth

I have a two-year-old daughter who I birthed using pain relief in hospital but without TENS machine (I had not heard about its benefits). During my recent pregnancy, a friend of mine recommended I hire a TENS machine to use during labour. Two weeks ago, I birthed a beautiful 10lbs baby girl! The birth started at 2am and from my first contraction I used the TENS machine. I managed a beautiful home birth with no medical pain relief at all. I kept the TENS machine on all time, and boosted it during every contraction. What a difference it made! Not...

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Rebecca's birth journey using TENS

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My midwife and antenatal class had recommended a TENS for non-medical pain relief (avoiding medical interventions was my strong preference, given how light headed morphine can make me and how keen I was to labour in the birthing pool, which would not be possible with an epidural).  I looked into a couple of hire services online and am so glad that I chose Natal Care - the machine arrived promptly, was very easy to set up and test, and it was a great relief that it came with a return envelope so I knew sending it back would be a...

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Breastfeeding Starter Kits

Breastfeeding Starter Kits

Here's a nice little business we'd like to support - My Boobie Bag.  My Boobie Bag is filled with essential breastfeeding products handpicked by real kiwi mums, to help get breastfeeding off to the best possible start and support new mums on their new journey. My Boobie Bag have provided us with two useful resources for you to read prior to and during your breastfeeding journey. My Boobie Bag Essential Breastfeeding Tips My Boobie Bag Breastfeeding Starter E-booklet Visit My Boobie Bag

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Here’s the science behind how a TENS machine works

Here’s the science behind how a TENS machine works

TENS machines work in two ways: 1. On a high pulse rate of 90-130 Hz (the normal method of use), the electrical impulses generated by the TENS machine interfere with and block pain messages sent to the brain. This is due to the gate control theory of pain. This proposes that there is a gate mechanism in the brain and spinal cord nerves (the central nervous system). When the gate is open, pain messages get through to the brain and we feel pain. When the gate is closed, these pain messages are blocked and we do not feel pain. TENS...

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Unplanned home birth for Nikki

Unplanned home birth for Nikki

Nikki had a wonderful unexpected home birth. With the help of TENS, her capable husband and a 111 operator, she did it! Here's Nikki's feedback... Thank you so so much for the TENS. It arrived just in time for our baby who arrived 3 weeks early. A quick labour which resulted in an unplanned home birth (with just my husband to help deliver and 111 on speakerphone) meant the TENS was my only form of pain relief. It was amazing and the boost button really helped with the contractions. I can’t believe I had my baby with just the TENS...

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