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Birthing Partners: 10 tips for supporting a woman through childbirth

Birthing Partners: 10 tips for supporting a woman through childbirth

If you are the partner of someone who is pregnant, or you have been asked to be a birth support person, you have been given a privilege and a responsibility: to provide emotional and physical support to a woman who will need your help through one of the most significant and vulnerable experiences of her life. Being the support person for a woman in labour is a wonderful experience, a great honour and a particularly personal journey if you are the co-parent of her baby.  If you are anxious about the birth, it will be helpful to gather as much...

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Here's my story of how TENS helped...

Here's my story of how TENS helped...

Here's my story of how the TENS helped:    My sister recommended using a labour TENS machine - she used it with her fourth baby and said it made a huge difference.    I felt contractions start at about 9am, and my husband helped me set up the TENS. I used it at home for about 2.5 hours before heading to the hospital as my labour progressed quite quickly. It was so easy to use and move about, and the unit is much smaller than I'd anticipated.   Also, I wanted to try a water birth, so I took off the...

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Welcome to the world Matilda Grace!

Welcome to the world Matilda Grace!

New mum, Hannah, shares her advice for a positive labour... During early labour I started having intense contractions. My husband had the TENS machine ready to go. He put it on me and instantly I felt relief. The TENS machine was very easy to set up and put on. I would recommend having your birthing partner apply the sticky pads and to do this as soon as your contractions start to make best use of your machine. I continued using my TENS through the rest of labour, gradually increasing the strength and using the booster as the contractions got stronger...

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Sharon shares her birth experience using TENS

Sharon shares her birth experience using TENS

I heard about TENS from my midwife who suggested I use it during labour when I am at home. I did an online order quite close to my due date, around just one week before. I thought I might have missed out, however, I received the TENS fast, which really surprised me. In the very early morning from 2am on Sunday 14th I started having regular contractions. I set up the TENS, asking my husband to put on my lower back. I turned on the strong intensity when there was a contraction and back to normal when it was gone....

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Jules experience with TENS...

Jules experience with TENS...

TENS was recommended to me by a friend late into my first pregnancy and I arranged to hire a unit at the last minute.  My son decided to arrive 8 days early so I was lucky the unit arrived on the day I went into labour! My contractions started at 6pm, and I stayed at home using TENS for around 7 hours before heading to the hospital at around 1am. I continued to use the TENS in the hospital and I couldn’t believe how effective it was at controlling the pain. My son arrived after being at hospital for only...

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