TENS in the Toolbox! TENS Use in Labor
September 24th, 2016 2pm-4pm
The Muza Education Center (MEC) 7715 24th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117
$40 – includes 2.0 DONA International Contact Hours
“Learning from Sharon Muza is always a blast but it would be fair to say that this class gave us all a special buzz. Learning to support people using TENS from one of Seattle’s most experienced doulas was a real gift. Sharon made the class fun and I feel more prepared to support my next client (and myself.)” – David Goldman, CD(DONA)
A TENS unit (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) is a common tool long used to help with the pain of childbirth across Europe. Learn how to add this tool/skill to your doula toolbox and help your clients to reduce labor pain, especially the pain of back labor.
Get a chance to try a unit on yourself, learn the proper protocols on safe use, how to introduce it to your clients and their providers, and learn about the research and studies on the effectiveness of TENS in labor. If you wish, purchase your own unit for use with your clients after the training.
Obstetric TENS has been found to be an effective technique for pain control in over 80 percent of births. Many studies have been done in Europe with marked success, especially for back pain in labor. This is a great addition to your doula skill set and will increase client satisfaction and reduce pain, quickly becoming one of your favorite methods for helping your clients cope and handle childbirth pain, especially that dreaded back labor!
This class is open to any trained doula from any organization, (you do NOT have to be certified) or any health care provider, (midwives, doctors, L&D nurses or students)
We will start on time, so please plan to arrive a bit early! It is important that you are there for the entire two hours. To offer an environment suitable for all learners, if you need to, please make childcare arrangements off site for the 2 hour class.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, or call me at 206-465-1052.
If you need to cancel for any reason, a $10 processing fee will be charged and the balance refunded cheerfully. Your payment in full confirms your registration.
You may send a replacement in your place without penalty at any point. Just let me know.
Registration form at the bottom of the page.
Purchasing an ELLE TENS unit
If you are interested in buying a TENS unit or replacement electrodes, you may purchase with cash or check or credit card.
TENS units purchased at the session enjoy a $10 discount. Normally complete kits are $175 but with the training, you can purchase day of the training for $165.
ELLE TENS complete kits include the following:
ELLE TENS unit
2 sets of lead wires (so you have one extra set)
2 sets of batteries (so you have one extra set)
1 complete set of 4 electrodes
1 carrying strap for when the unit is being used
Bubble wrap sleeve for extra protection on your TENS unit
FREE Book – “A Women’s Guide to Drug Free Pain Relief” by Dr. Gordon Gadsby
Features and Benefits
- Pre set modes for ease of use
- Integrated boost button
- Optimax technology for extra power
- Uses 4 large pads
- Easy to read user display
- Neck cord for mobility
Extra electrode sets are $9 for a set of 4.
Discounts available for quantity purchases of 10 or more electrode sets
About the trainer:
Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA) BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE has been an active childbirth professional since 2004, teaching Lamaze classes and providing doula services to families through her private practice in Seattle, Washington. She is an instructor at the Simkin Center, Bastyr University where she is a birth doula trainer. Sharon is also a trainer with Passion for Birth, a Lamaze-Accredited Childbirth Educator Program. Sharon the former co-leader of the International Cesarean Awareness Network’s (ICAN) Seattle Chapter, and a former board member of PALS Doulas and Past President of REACHE. Since May 2012, you can find Sharon blogging for Science & Sensibility, Lamaze International’s blog for childbirth professionals. In September 2011, Sharon was admitted as a Fellow to the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators. Sharon also teaches childbirth classes at the Seattle Indian Health Board, working with Native Americans and Alaska Natives to help them have a safe and healthy birth. Sharon enjoys active online engagement and facilitating discussion around best practice, current research and its practical application to community standards and actions by health care providers, and how that affects families in the childbearing year. Sharon has been a speaker at international conferences on topics of interest to birth professionals and enjoys collaborating with others to share ideas and information that benefit birth professionals and families. To learn more about Sharon, you are invited to visit her website, SharonMuza.com.