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TENS is a safe non-drug method of pain control for labor

Doula, Childbirth Classes & Placenta Encapsulation Baltimore & Maryland 

The use of TENS unit during labor is highly and common used in European countries (mostly in the U.K) as a comfort measure during labor.

Women report that TENS provide that it provides focus and distraction and that it’s more effective it they start to use their TENS unit during early labor as it increased the endorphin level in their body.


  • A handheld battery-operated device generates the electrical impulses and transmits them via stimulating pads.
  • Mild electrical impulses are transmitted through the skin
  • Easy to use comfort measures
  • Change the conscious message (pain) from the brain and reduces awareness of pain
  • “Obstetric-type TENS unit” is different than the unit use by chiropractor and PT.  It’s specially design for laboring women
  • Allow ambulation and movement


  • Reduce of labor pain
  • Increases endorphin level
  • Postpone or avoid of request of epidural
  • Continued active participation by the woman
  • Less medical interventions
  • Especially effective for back pain (but not only) and prolonged painful pre labor (prodromal labor)
  • No loss of other sensations or contraction pain
  • Continued active participation by woman
  • Freedom to walk and move
  • No decrease of mental function


  • The woman controls the stimulation
  • None known side effects
  • Studies available upon request (contact me)


  • Do not use before full term (38-40 weeks)
  • Pacemaker
  • Epilepsy or seizures disorder
  • Skin rash on your back

CONCLUSION: TENS provides a safe and potentially helpful non-pharmacologic option to relieve labor pain

Odile Penet is DONA International certified in using the TENS in labor
Rental option available

TENS unit

Comfort measure for labor with TENS

My Birth Companion, LLC is  in the Top 20 Best Doulas of Baltimore (Birth Doula Services)

Doula, childbirth class, placenta encapsulation services in Baltimore and the surrounding counties.

Reputation – Credibility – Professionalism – Experience – Availability

In the article  Best Doulas of Baltimore posted in June 2017, find the list of the 20 best doulas in Baltimore, MD.

Doulas businesses selected on their reputation, credibility, professionalism, experience and availability.  As a result, My Birth Companion, LLC is proudly listed among this list.

 What is a Doula?

A professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support families before, during and just after birth for expecting and new parents. Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.




This childbirth class is specially designed for partners supporting women during labor

WHO? – For expectant parents (hospital, home-birth and birth center)

WHAT? – 2 hours include the following:

Presented by Certified Childbirth Educators
Evidence-based information (videos and hand-outs)
Learn about verbal and physical support
Learn about discussing and creating birth preferences
Working with your chosen healthcare team
Taking care of yourself before, during, and after birth
Doula tricks of the trade
Supporting mom and baby post-partum
Testimonials from real partners

WHEN? –Anytime – Easy online access


WHY? – Mothers with a good support team have shorter labors with less discomfort. Partners do too! Get the support you need to support your partner as she brings baby into the world.



GIFT CERTIFICATES (available for any of our childbirth services)

IT’S EASY! $25 – $50 -$100 – $200 – and more!


How to purchase a gift certificate – childbirth services –  for you friends or family members?

  • Pay online using PayPal: Pay at: and comment with:
    – The name of the recipient
    – Your name and mailing address (gift certificate will be mailed directly to you)


  • Pay by check: Check payable at My Birth Companion, LLC – Please also include the following information:
    – The name of the recipient
    – Your name and mailing address (gift certificate will be mailed directly to you)
    – Mail your check at My Birth Companion, LLC – 13 Chesham Ct, Cockeysville, MD 21030


If you have any further questions, contact us at or 443-739-0113



Doula services – Doula – Birth doula -Placenta encapsulation – Placenta tablets – Childbirth education classes

Baltimore & Maryland


Using simple visualization and breathing techniques during pregnancy, childbirth, parenting, and life events, etc.

Did you know that you take an average of 15,000 breaths per day? Did you take a minute today to focus on your breathing?

Did you know that mental imaginary (visualization) has long been used by athletes to boost their strength, confidence, and results?

Did you know that everyone can practice visualization to prepare for all kinds of situations, including pregnancy discomforts, childbirth, breastfeeding, parenting, life challenging situations, etc?

At My Birth Companion, LLC we believe that simple easy visualization and breathing techniques can improve your life, make your healthier, increase your confidence and improve harmony in your daily life.

Ask us how!



Simple Visualization and Breathing Techniques

Simple Visualization and Breathing Techniques has posted this wonderful video on 7 easy exercises during pregnancy that will help you to achieve an optimal fetal position Watch the video here

As a birth doula and a childbirth educator in Baltimore, MD and Washington DC, I highly recommend exercises during your pregnancy (Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care)

Video posted by the Stanford School of Medicine.  Watch video

“Until recently hand expression of milk has been an under-utilized skill in our institution. But there are many benefits of knowing how to express milk from the breast without the use of expensive or cumbersome pumps. In this video, Dr. Jane Morton demonstrates how easily hand expression can be taught to mothers”

Find more information on their website.

Eat Date Fruit!
There is a recent study behind it: It is concluded that the consumption of date fruit in the last 4 weeks before labor significantly reduced the need for induction and augmentation of labor, and produced a more favorable, but non-significant, delivery outcome.

The effect of late pregnancy consumption of date fruit on labour and delivery

J Obstet Gynaecol. 2011;31(1):29-31. doi: 10.3109/01443615.2010.522267.
Al-Kuran O1, Al-Mehaisen L, Bawadi H, Beitawi S, Amarin Z.
Author information – Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan.
J Obstet Gynaecol. 2011;31(1):29-31. doi: 10.3109/01443615.2010.522267.


We set out to investigate the effect of date fruit (Phoenix dactylifera) consumption on labour parameters and delivery outcomes. Between 1 February 2007 and 31 January 2008 at Jordan University of Science and Technology, a prospective study was carried out on 69 women who consumed six date fruits per day for 4 weeks prior to their estimated date of delivery, compared with 45 women who consumed none. There was no significant difference in gestational age, age and parity between the two groups. The women who consumed date fruit had significantly higher mean cervical dilatation upon admission compared with the non-date fruit consumers (3.52 cm vs 2.02 cm, p < 0.0005), and a significantly higher proportion of intact membranes (83% vs 60%, p = 0.007). Spontaneous labour occurred in 96% of those who consumed dates, compared with 79% women in the non-date fruit consumers (p = 0.024). Use of prostin/oxytocin was significantly lower in women who consumed dates (28%), compared with the non-date fruit consumers (47%) (p = 0.036). The mean latent phase of the first stage of labour was shorter in women who consumed date fruit compared with the non-date fruit consumers (510 min vs 906 min, p = 0.044). It is concluded that the consumption of date fruit in the last 4 weeks before labour significantly reduced the need for induction and augmentation of labour, and produced a more favourable, but non-significant, delivery outcome. The results warrant a randomised controlled trial.

PMID: 21280989 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

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Watch this video on delayed cord clamping: Penny Simkin on Delayed Cord Clamping

Articles posted by  Department of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN 46556

Mother-baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory Safe Cosleeping Guidelines

Guidelines to Sleeping Safe with Infants:

Maximizing the chances of Safe Infant Sleep in the Solitary and Cosleeping (Specifically, Bed-sharing) Contexts, by James J. McKenna, Ph.D. Professor of Biological Anthropology, Director, Mother-Baby Sleep Laboratory, University of Notre Dame.



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