Ever wonder how well you’ll do when you go into active labor? Will you have a spontaneous natural birth? Will you want or need the epidural? How far will you get before it gets hard?
TENS units are now available in the US. TENS stands for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator. Since the 1970’s women in the UK and Canada have been using TENS units for pain management during childbirth. In fact, in the UK nearly 1 in 5 women have used TENS in their labor. Today women have more access than ever to them and are including them in their comfort measures plan. TENS can be a terrific, low-risk option for you and your birth no matter what type of birth you choose. It’s completely natural and perfectly safe for mothers and their babies.
Epiruals offer pain relief in birth. They are effective with pain and exhaustion. It can be what gives you the energy to move forward.
A recent article caught my eye as it was discussing 13 pains that are worse than childbirth which got me to thinking about how prepared or unprepared women and their partners are for birth. And how their preparation may influence their birth choices and outcomes.
When life comes at you full force and presents you with a change in course, it is important to know what options are available to you. Informed consent is the only way to make an educated decision or choice. The informed decision means you understand the strengths and weaknesses of each option available. This understanding is critical to any decision but especially when considering your health options.