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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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Read our Q and A with new mum Kimberley

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Read our Q and A with new mum Kimberley

We asked one of our lovely new mums, Kimberley some questions about her labour. Here's some of her advice for a positive, prepared labour. What techniques, tools and people helped you during labour? A:  I had a bag of tricks at the ready after reading JuJu Sundin's book called 'Birth Skills'. I didn't end up needing many of them since my labour was so quick, but what I found helpful was my husband distracting me by counting, a heat pack on my shoulders, walking/stomping around the house, squeezing a stress ball, and listening to this calming music over and over again....

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All the LOVE 💗 for this feedback from Catalina. Empowering!

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All the LOVE 💗 for this feedback from Catalina. Empowering!

All the LOVE for this feedback from Catalina. Empowering! "Thank you so much for your service. The Tens machine was amazing and I had it on for 13 hours of my 16 hour labour (2nd baby). I managed to give birth with no other pain relief which is what I wanted. It was so empowering and gave me control to work with my body and contractions and manage the pain better. My little girl Aria came into the world on the 1st of Sept and we couldn't be more happy. Thanks again!!" Catalina TENS Hire anywhere in NZ: www.tenshire.co.nz

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"You have no idea what that boost button meant to me"

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"You have no idea what that boost button meant to me"

Wondering what it's really like to give birth? No two birth stories are the same, which is why we love sharing birth experiences. Here's Natalie's empowering experience... I had been told about a TENS machine a few times, from my midwife, the antenatal class and some other forums.  I wasn't 100% convinced about it, but as I really wanted a natural birth I thought I might give it a try. Well I am so glad I did it!  My contractions were about 10 minutes apart when I started using the machine, and immediately I had pain relief.  You have no idea what that boost button meant...

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Welcome to the World Baby Dustin

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Welcome to the World Baby Dustin

We love hearing your birth stories. Jahnea shares her story of Dustin arriving in the world… My water broke at 5:30pm. I had only just sat down after a tiring day wedding dress shopping with my friend. I was two days past my due date and finally had done all the things I needed to. I felt a funny twinge and thought that I needed to pee. So I took myself to the toilet and water rushed out as soon as I reached the bathroom. I did for a moment think I had wet myself. Every time I moved my...

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