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FreeMOM TENS - Product Information

‘ We owe it to ourselves to be educated and armed, so that we are more able to enjoy what is such a special day.’
What is FreeMOM TENS?
FreeMOM is a Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (T.E.N.S) device which has been specifically designed to assist in the relief of pain during labour, after-birth pain, assist with sleeping after the delivery and lower back pain.


Do Private Health Insurance Funds refund the hire of a FreeMOM TENS kit?
You may be entitled to make a claim with your Health Insurance Provider.

Bupa Australia Provider Number: EP08949
  • HBA Recognised Provider
  • Mutual Community Recognised Provider
  • MBF Recognised Provider
  • MBF Alliances Recognised Provider
NIB Provider No: 10112588

How much is the FreeMOM to hire?
  AUD

FreeMOM TENS Hire (Incl. GST) - for the term of your confinement $50.00
Labour Electrodes - refundable if not opened, used or damaged $35.00
Deposit - refundable on the return of the FreeMOM TENS kit $40.00

Sub Total     $125.00
If applicable, postage or shipping
Postage - Australia Post delivery to your address $12.00
Prepaid return Postage Satchel - Australia post delivery to our office $12.00
If applicable, OPTIONS
Back Pain or Pelvic Instability – Butterfly Electrodes with Clean-cote Skin Wipes and battery $20.00
Neck and Shoulder Pain – Neck and Shoulder Electrodes with Clean-cote Skin Wipes and battery $20.00

(Please refer to the FreeMOM TENS Hire page for additional information)



How does it Work?
FreeMOM sends small, electrical signals into the body via electrodes which are placed onto the skin. The stimulus aids the relief of pain in 3 ways:
1. By blocking the pain messages from reaching the brain via the nerves.
2. By stimulating the release of the body’s naturally occurring pain-relieving endorphins.
3. By providing a distraction whilst the pain is occurring.


Read Important Information
Warning: It is recommended that patients with heart and/or circulation problems, cardio-vascular problems or implanted cardiac pacemakers seek medical advice of their practitioner prior to using the FreeMOM.


Is FreeMOM effective?
Women who received TENS pre-natal education prior to the use of the FreeMOM TENS for their labour, rated it as 92% effective for pain relief with 34% of all users requiring nothing else but the FreeMOM TENS as their only source of pain relief during labour.


Is FreeMOM easy to use?
Very!
The electrodes are applied to the lower back (see picture below), when labour first commences. The expectant mother sets the FreeMOM TENS to a comfortable sensation level while pressing on the ‘Booster Button’. Once set, at every contraction the expectant mother simply presses the ‘Booster Button’ and holds it down until the contraction ceases. A full instructional DVD is included with the FreeMOM TENS unit. We can also arrange an appointment with one of our qualified health professionals for a more detailed demonstration.

The FreeMOM TENS Kit – (without the Labour Electrodes) Labour Electrode placement


 The FreeMOM TENS stimulator


Is the hire of the FreeMOM expensive?
FreeMOM rental is cheaper than the charge for using an epidural during birth. In addition, most health funds give a rebate for the hire and /or purchase of the FreeMOM TENS units. (depending on your health fund and level of cover).


FreeMOM offers the following superior features:
FreeMOM is the smallest, easiest to handle unit. FreeMOM is very simple to use and may be placed around the neck for freedom of movement.
• “Set and Forget” stimulation settings. No need to control the stimulation intensity during each contraction.
• Two long electrodes cover the spinal nerves to the uterus and cervix resulting in greater area coverage and less wires to get in the way or tangled.
• High efficacy rate (effective in 92% of natural births*).
• Menu driven instructional DVD with each unit.
• Training on the use of FreeMOM by qualified health care professionals if required.
• Used in hospitals throughout Australia and by mothers world-wide.
• All FreeMOM units are less than one year old to reduce risk of failure.
FreeMOM is simple and drug free
FreeMOM initiates the action of the body’s own natural pain –relieving mechanisms.
FreeMOM is used to provide a background level of pain relief to which any other form of analgesia may be added if required.
FreeMOM may be used whilst still at home, or from the time you arrive at the hospital.
FreeMOM may shorten the 1st stage of labour, but otherwise does not alter the natural course of labour.
FreeMOM allows the mother to be fully mobile and “in control” during her labour, unlike other methods of pain relief.
FreeMOM can be easily interrupted or discontinued at any time during the labour. (It may need to be disconnected during foetal monitoring).
• Benefits of greater comfort during early stages of labour are carried right throughout the birth process.
FreeMOM can also be used for after-birth pain, restless leg syndrome and other pain e.g. lower back pain and shoulder pain.

Testimonials:
Just a note to thank you for the opportunity to use the FreeMOM TENS system. My baby was in the posterior position which meant my labor was 40 hours of 7 to 8 minutes contractions. I don’t think I would have lasted as long without other pain medications or interventions if it hadn’t been for the FreeMOM TENS system. The midwives were shocked that I had dilated to 8cm without showing the “classic” symptoms. Infact, I was still standing and joking with them (in between contractions) up until the last stages. I highly recommend the FreeMOM TENS system of pain management and would happily be a reference if required.
Jaclyn A. (Practicing Osteopath.)

Perhaps my labor would have been easier than many anyway, but I believe even the most difficult labor can be improved upon by the use of the FreeMOM TENS unit. Being pro-active in arranging for strategies to help manage the pain of labor, enables mothers to have a more positive birth experience. Giving birth to a baby is the most precious of times in a woman’s life. We owe it to ourselves to be educated and armed, so that we are more able to enjoy what is a special day.
Dr. Elizabeth R. (Medical Practitioner)


References:
1. Metzack Rand Wall PD. “Pain Mechanisms”, “A New Theory” Science. (150). 971-979. 1965
2. B. Kaplan, D.Rubinerson, J. Pardo, U.R.Krieser*, A. Neri “Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) as a pain-relief device in obstetrics and gynecology”. Clinical and Experimental Obstetrics and Gynecology. Volume XXIV. No. 3, March, 1997.
3. B. Kaplan, D. Rabinerson, L. Lurie, J. Bar, U.R. Krieser*, A. Neri “Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) for adjuvant pain relief during labor and delivery”. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, Volume 60, No3, March 1998.
4. Sjolund B.H. and Ericksson E.B. “Endorphins and Analgesia Produced by Peripheral Conditioning Stimulation”. Advances in Pain Research and Therapy Vol.3 5870592, 1979.
5. Bundsen et al – Acta Obstetric Gyne Scan 60 1981.
6. Augstinsson et al – Pain 4. 59065, 1977.
7. Evron S. Postoperative Analgesia by Percutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation in Gynacology and Obstetrics. Europe. J. Gyne. 12 (1981). 305-313
8. Kaplan Boris, Rabinerson David, Peled Yoav, Hiirsch Michael, Pardo Joseph, Neri Alexander “T.E.N.S. As A Pain Relief Method During Deliver An Overlooked Modality”. Department of Obestetrics & Gynaecology, Rabin Medical Centre, Israel.

*Pain Management & Research Centre, Melbourne Australia.
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