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Bassetlaw: Kind donation will help mums in labour

From left, standing, midwife Maura Moss; League of Friends members Jean Highfield, Gill Barraclough, Pat and John Barran; midwife Rebecca Smith, infant feeding coordinator and parent education midwife.Susan Henderson, Seated from left student midwife Amber James, midwife Ellie Walker and maternity support worker Nicola Summers

From left, standing, midwife Maura Moss; League of Friends members Jean Highfield, Gill Barraclough, Pat and John Barran; midwife Rebecca Smith, infant feeding coordinator and parent education midwife.Susan Henderson, Seated from left student midwife Amber James, midwife Ellie Walker and maternity support worker Nicola Summers

Mums-to-be on Bassetlaw Hospital’s labour ward have access to new pain relief machines thanks to a generous donation.

Five brand new TENS machines have been handed over by Bassetlaw League of Friends fundraising group.

The machine is a small, lightweight, handheld device that can be used as an efficient non-invasive method of drug-free pain relief.

It is used to help women cope with their contractions and is most effective during the early stages of labour when many women experience lower back pain.

Mild electrical pulses are transmitted via pads placed on the back and the woman can still be mobile and active whilst using it.

TENS works by blocking pain signals and stimulating the body to produce more of its own natural pain killers, called endorphins.

Susan Henderson, infant feeding coordinator and parent education midwife, said: “Thank you to the League of Friends for their continued support of the maternity unit at Bassetlaw Hospital. This generous donation now ensures that every room on the Labour Ward has a TENS machine available for women in labour.”

 

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