TENS Machine Hire

Small and discreet, pain relief under your control
Small and discreet, pain relief under your control


  • Portable
  • Non-invasive
  • Entirely under your control
  • Easy to use
  • Doesn’t stop you being mobile
  • Use it for as long as you want and then take it off
  • No lasting side-effects
  • Can be used for a home birth
How it works

TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) is an increasingly popular method of relieving pain in labour. The best thing is it allows relief of pain while still allowing you to be active and upright.

It works by sending gentle electrical pulses across the surface of your skin and along your nerve fibres. The pulses help to relieve pain in two ways; they prevent pain signals from your womb and cervix from reaching your brain and encourage your body to produce higher levels of its own natural painkillers called endorphins.

Babycare TENS™ is specially designed to combat pain during childbirth and is a pocket-sized device, which is simple to use at home and in hospital. The pulses are sent via 4 electrode pads, which are placed on the back.

    How to hire a TENS machine:

  • To reserve a TENS machine for your birth please email your due date and contact information to:
  • You will be provided with a reservation form and banking details.
  • A completed reservation form and refundable deposit is required to secure your reservation.
  • TENS hire is for a period of 4 weeks from 37 to 41 weeks allowing you time to practice and in case your labour is early.
  • The hire fee is due before 37 weeks.
  • Postal hire is available to people outside the Port Elizabeth area.

How to use it

TENS is most effective during the first stages of labour. As soon as your contractions begin, you should place the 4 electrodes on your back, as shown in the instructions included in the rental pack, and start using your TENS.

Everything is preset inside the machine except for the strength of the pulse which is controlled by a single dial. Use the dial to set the machine to a comfortable level and leave it operating to build up your natural pain resistance. When the unit is operating, you will feel a pleasant pulsing sensation.

When you feel a contraction begin, press the booster button on the top of the TENS unit. This will deliver a more powerful electrical pulse, which will help you cope with the pain during the contraction.

Once the contraction has passed, press the button again to return the pulse to its previous level to encourage the build up of endorphins.

TENS can be used for as long as you wish, even throughout your entire labour.

On admission to hospital, you should let your midwife or doctor know that you are using your TENS during labour. If monitoring equipment is being used, you may be asked to switch off your TENS unit until the readings have been taken, however, it usually does not interfere with foetal monitoring.

You can use your machine after labour too for:

  • Shoulder pain from breast feeding.
  • Back pain and after pains.
  • Post-operative pain following a caesarean section.

You should not use TENS when in water, or if you suffer from epilepsy or have a pacemaker.

‘A new baby is like the beginning of all things —
wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities’.

Eda Leshan