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In an article published by Sharon Muza, BS, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), CLE in Science & Sensibility (dated February 15, 2018) combined the latest WHO guidelines:

Among others:

“- A COMPANION of choice is recommended for all women throughout labour and childbirth.
– For women at low risk, oral fluid and FOOD intake during labour is recommended.
– Relaxation techniques, including progressive muscle relaxation, breathing, music, MINDFULNESS and other techniques, are recommended for healthy pregnant women
– A minimum cervical dilatation rate of 1 cm/hour throughout active first stage is UNREALISTIC fast for some women and is therefore not recommended for identification of normal labour progression. A slower than 1-cm/hour cervical dilatation rate alone should not be a routine indication for obstetric intervention.
– Bathing should be delayed until 24 HOURS after birth. If this is not possible due to cultural reasons, bathing should be delayed for at least six hours. Appropriate clothing of the baby for ambient temperature is recommended. This means one to two layers of clothes more than adults, and use of hats/caps.”

Full article available at: HERE





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 the unit 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 unit” is different than the unit use by chiropractor and PT: Very simple to use and 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: The unit 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.



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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 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)

Newborn: Learnt the facts and myths about delayed cord clamping

Penny Simkin on Delayed Cord Clamping – Newborn Care

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