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Should You Rent a TENS Machine? Exploring Our New Rental Service Option!

Updated: Jun 22

Doula in Ottawa TENS Machine Rental

Looking for a drug-free, non-invasive way to manage labor pain? Consider renting a Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) machine. These portable devices use gentle electrical currents to stimulate nerves, reducing the perception of pain without the need for medication.

A TENS machine works by sending low-voltage electrical impulses through electrodes attached to the skin. These impulses block pain signals and trigger the release of endorphins, your body's natural painkillers. This combination not only helps to ease discomfort but also creates a soothing, tingling sensation.

One of the theories behind TENS machines is the gate control theory of pain, which suggests that the brain can only process a limited number of signals at a time. By introducing non-painful stimuli—such as the gentle tingling from a TENS machine—the pain signals are effectively "drowned out," preventing them from reaching the brain.

Renting a TENS machine is a flexible and cost-effective option, especially for those who want to explore natural pain management techniques. Ideal for use at home or in a hospital setting, these devices can complement other labor pain relief methods or be used on their own.

Read our blog post and this Evidence Based Birth article for information about using TENS machine for pain relief during labour.


Rental Information

We have two types of units available for rental: the Obi TENS and the TensCare by Mama TENS. Both units are made specifically for birth.

Each TENS rental is for 4 weeks, comes with free drop off and pick up, and includes the following:

  • TENS Unit

  • Lead wire

  • Set of batteries

  • Complete set of 4 electrodes

  • 1 neck cord

  • Instruction booklet


OB Tens - $75.00

TensCare by MamaTens - $95.00

Renting a TENS machine from Nurtured Birth is simple and straightforward:


  1. Contact Us: Reach out to our team to inquire about TENS machine availability for your due date.

  2. Reservation: Secure your TENS machine by completing the rental reservation process.

  3. Pickup or Delivery: Choose between convenient pickup options or have the TENS machine delivered to your doorstep.

  4. Guidance: Receive personalized guidance from our doulas on how to use the TENS machine effectively.

  5. Return: After your birth, reach out to arrange drop off or pickup up of the TENS machine.


Reach out today to secure your TENS rental!


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