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

TENS Unit: Gate Pain Theory – Increase the endorphins level – Women’s satisfaction (sense of control)

The use of TENS unit during labor is highly and commonly 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.

WHAT IS TENS:

– TENS is 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 measure
– 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

WHY:

– Reduce of labor pain (When used on high frequency, the TENS unit, selectively stimulates certain non-pain-transmitting nerve fibers to send signals to the brain that override other nerve signals carrying pain messages. When used on low frequency, the  unit stimulates the production of endorphins, by activated opioid receptors)
– 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
– Fewer babies in to NICU

SAFETY:

– The woman controls the stimulation
– None known side effects
– No reported harm to mother or baby
– Safe to use with external monitor (including wireless) – Can possibly interferes with an IUPC (lack of studies)

CONTRADICATIONS:

– Do not use before full term (38-40 weeks)
– Pacemaker
– Epilepsy or seizures disorder
– Skin rash on your back
– Cannot be used in the water (hydrotherapy)

CONCLUSION:

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

RENTAL:

Contact us today at Odile@MyBirthCompanion.com
Fee: < $70 > general public | Free for doula clients

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– Odile Penet is DONA International certified in using the TENS in labor –
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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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OFFER THE GIFT OF SERVICES TO A NEW FAMILY

Available for any of our childbirth services:
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How to purchase a gift certificate – childbirth services – for you friends or family members?

Pay online using PayPal

Pay at: odile@mybirthcompanion.com
– Include the name of the recipient
– Include your name and mailing address (gift certificate will be mailed directly to you)

Pay by check

Check payable at My Birth Companion, LLC
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– Mail your check at My Birth Companion, LLC – 13 Chesham Ct, Cockeysville, MD 21030

If you have any further questions, contact us:
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Hand Expression of Breastmilk – Educational video posted by the Stanford School of Medicine.  Watch video

“Until recently hand expression of milk (for breastfeeding mothers) 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”

In Conclusion please visit their website and find more information for breastfeeding families.

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Doula Childbirth Classes & Placenta Encapsulation
Baltimore, MD Annapolis, MD Washington D.C.

Acupuncturists (Specialized in childbirth)
Kathy Crosland – Towson, MD

Hyeon-Jin Kwon – Towson, MD
Laura Potts – Towson, MD
Leslie Lloyd–  Towson, MD
Tiffany Houchins, Baltimore, MD
Laura Parks, Timonium, MD
Laura Coleson-Schreur   Baltimore, MD
Samina Moiduddin – Washington, DC
Nikki Richman – Bethesda, MD
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine – Washington, DC
Devorah Joy Walder – Silver Spring, MD
Black Sheep Acupuncture  Community Acupuncture, White Marsh, MD
Meadow Hill Wellness Annapolis, MD
Dr. Cheng – Ellicott City, MD, and Baltimore, MD
Charlyn Santiago Ellicott City, MD familyacupuncturecare@gmail.com

Baby-Wearing Specialist
Austin Rees – Baltimore, MD

Barre Classes
Barre Prenatal Modifications Batlimore, MD

Chiropractors (Webster certified)
Dr. Bennett Westminster, MD
Dr. Laura Dover Towson, MD
Dr. Sharon Dongarra Baltimore, MD
Dr. Pam Woodward Baltimore, MD
Dr. Tricia Lehocky White Marsh, MD

Dr. Baron  Ellicott City, MD
Dr. Kat Kadin  Rockville, MD 
Dr. Mariella Young  Rockville, MD 
Dr. Samantha Mohne  Elkridge, MD
Dr. Byrant Harris   Dr Bryant Harris – Annapolis MD 
Dr. Block  Burtonsville, MD

Counseling
Online counseling E-Therapy
Dr. Judi Sprei  Bethesda, MD 
Parenting Works Baltimore MD
Nyle MacFarlane – OT  Takoma Park, MD
Emily Griffin NW Washington DC
Sara Nett Towson, MD
Alison L. Miller Lutherville, MD

Birth Doulas 
MaryBeth Nance Harford County, MD
Becky Rohrback  Baltimore, MD
Jenny Corbett Silver Spring, MD
Rose Quintilian– Rockville, MD
Meredith Dew Baltimore, MD
Bethany Thomas Annapolis, MD, and Washington, DC

Cherie Correlli – Baltimore, MD
Carling Sothoron – Baltimore, MD

Postpartum Doulas 
Diane Kyle (410) 882-0109 – Baltimore, MD
Becky Rohrback  Baltimore, MD
Metropolitan Doulas Washington, DC
Labor & Lullabies Baltimore, MD 

Osteopathic Physician
Crossings Healing – Silver Spring, MD

Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC)
Katy Linda – Baltimore, MD
Ann Faust – Columbia, MD
Breastfeeding Center –  Washington, DC
Metropolitan Breastfeeding – Bethesda, MD
Carolina Pimenta – Ellicott City, MD
Austin Rees – Baltimore, MD

Massage Therapists
Jessie Bernstein Greater Baltimore, MD
Darlene Bergener Columbia, MD
My prenatal massage Washington DC 

Massage (Class: infant massage)
Jessie Bernstein Baltimore, MD

Photographers
Stefanie Harrington Washington, DC
Natalie Lane Photography – Westminster, MD
Mischa Bolton Photography – Rocksville, MD
Devon Roe – North VA
Melanie Berkheimer – Southern PA
Rebecca Wyatt – Baltimore, MD
Jessica Watts – Baltimore, MD
Jill Mills – Pasadena, MD
Juliette Fradin – Hyattsville, MD
Heidi Daniels – Washington, DC

Podcasts
The Birth Hour
Birthful Podcast
Evidence Based Birth

Prenatal Yoga
Darlene Bergener – Columbia, MD
Lily Dwyer Begg – Baltimore, MD
Lorien Yoga – Baltimore, MD
NIlajah Brown – Baltimore, MD
Michelle Cohen –  Washington, DC

Prenatal and Postpartum Depression
Dr. Sarah Chisholm-Stockard, PhD Towson, MD
Gretchen Forbes, LCMFT Padonia, MD
Valerie R. McManus, LCSW-C, Ellicott City, MD
Sara Nett, Psy. D Baltimore, MD
Alison Miller, Psy. D Lutherville, MD

Women’s Health Physical Therapy (and Pediatric)
Dr. Sam DuFlo Baltimore, MD
Dr. Marisa Krick Baltimore, MD
Dr. Erica Adams  Millersville, MD

More Resources
Spinning Babies Easy childbirth with fetal positioning
Lamaze International for Parents
Maryland Birth Network Greater Baltimore, MD
Birth Options Alliance DC and Maryland
DONA International Doulas organization
DoulaMatch Doulas

La Leche League International Breastfeeding
KellyMom Evidence-based breastfeeding and parenting
Baby Center Pregnancy and parenting

Feel free to contact us for more referrals:
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