Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) is a small, hand held device that can be used to emit mild bursts of electricity through the skin. This helps stimulate the nerve fibers and can work to help block pain signals in labor. The good news is that a TENS unit does not keep you from moving around or assuming various birthing positions. TENS is non-invasive, you are in control of using it, it can be used at home, and does not interfere with other monitoring systems possibly used by your care provider.
TENS units are provided to every client of ours, free of charge.