A TENS unit (always suggesting you consult your caregiver before using), a rebozo, small dim lights for creating a calm mood, an essential oil diffuser with the oils of your choice for nausea or an energy boost, a heating pad and a hot water bag for comfort, my own hands for massage and acupressure, and loads upon loads of doula love!
What is a TENS unit and how does it work? TENS stands for transcutaneous electronic nerve stimulation. It is a battery operated device that has large surface electrodes which are taped to the skin. Stimulating pulses (gentle low voltage) are sent across the surface of the skin and along nerve strands. The pulses help prevent pain signals from reaching the brain. There is no time limit for using the TENS unit, although reaching maximum pain relief takes approximately 30 minutes. The only con of the unit is that it cannot be worn in the water (for those planning to enter a shower or tub at any point). The ELLE TENS, which is what I carry, is specially designed for use in labor and offers a boost button to give additional support during contractions.
What is a rebozo and how does it work? A rebozo is a hand woven fabric used as a heavy sling or wrap during labor. Gentle sifting (jiggling of the belly) with a rebozo can help relax tight uterine ligaments and abdominal muscles. It can also be used to facilitate fetal rotation and descent, or can also help a birthing mama relax into her labor by dragging over the body. The rebozo has been known to help laboring women save energy, push more effectively, and reduce overall pain and discomfort.
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