Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) is a safe, non-pharmaceutical method of pain relief for backache in labor.


Baby To Go is offering the Elle TENS2 unit, designed specifically for labor with built-in contraction timer, available to rent to both clients and non-clients.



TENS Pain Relief

What is TENS?

TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) is a method of pain relief that has been used successfully worldwide for many years by pregnant women and professional midwives to treat labour pain naturally. TENS promotes the release of endorphins (the body’s own pain-relieving chemicals) while also creating a barrier in the brain to block the pain signals.

Can I use an ordinary TENS machine?

No. Meternity TENS machines are specifically designed for childbirth. They use larger pads than conventional TENS machines and include a booster button, which is very important for relieving pain during contractions.

Can I practice with the TENS unit before labor begins?

Yes, once you have reached 37 weeks of pregnancy, it is a good idea to try your machine so that you know how it work. You may want to purchase an additional electrode pack.

Can I use a TENS unit in the hospital?

Yes! Most hospitals are supportive of using this comfort measure. It is your responsibilty to confirm this with the hospital you plan to birth with, and there may be times that your OB or midwife requests that you temporarily cease use.

When should I use the TENS unit?

Once you are 37 weeks, you can begin using your TENS unit at home as soon as contraction discomfort starts and on through the birth. The unit is not waterproof and can not be worn while showering or in a birth pool/tub. The unit can also be used in postpartum to relieve aches and discomfort.

Can TENS be used with an epidural?

While it can not be worn once a epidural or spinal anesthesia is in place, TENS can be wonderful for helping you to relax and manage pain in the earlier stages of labor, before being admitted to the hospital, and in the hospital while you are waiting for the anesthesiologist.

Is TENS safe?

Yes. These units are designed for labor. There are no known side effects for mother or baby If you have any specific medical concerns, consult your care provider. Do not use before the 37th week of pregnancy, if you have open lesions on your back, have a pacemaker, or have a seizure disorder.

Rental Details

What is supplied with a Baby To Go TENS rental?

Elle TENS2 Unit 2 lead wires 4 large self-adhesive electrodes* 2 AA batteries instructions neck cord & carrying pouch Women’s Guide to Drug Free Pain Relief booklet *You may wish to purchase an additional set of 4 electrode pads for $10. While the included pads are reusable, they do eventually lose their adhesive, especially if exposed to oils, excessive moisture etc.

What is the fee?

A TENS rental is included for Baby To Go labor clients. For non-clients, there is a $75 fee for a 5 week rental. This includes a non-refundable $25 booking deposit. There is a $50 security deposit that is refunded upon the return of the unit in good working order. Free pick up and return in Nyack, NY, or round trip priority shipping can be added for an additional $25. Additional weeks and/or electrode pads may be purchased.

How long is the rental period?

You will have your TENS unit for 5 weeks. I recommend beginning your reservtion at 36 or 37 weeks, and strongly suggest booking early to secure your desired dates.