TENS Training for Doulas

TENS machines have been shown to help reduce pain in labour and are a useful tool for doulas to have in their labour goodie bag. But how do you know you’re using it correctly? How do you know when and how to use it? Our half-day session will explore this and more!


Our TENS for Doulas Training dives deep into how you use a TENS machine with clients and how it can become an important tool in your bag. It’s a half day session that will leave you feeling informed and confident.

This Training is Recommended for

Doulas who have experience with TENS machines but are looking for a refresher.
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Doulas looking to expand their services and offer TENS machine treatments.
Nurses, midwives, prenatal yoga instructors interested in expanding their knowledge to teach about the TENS machine.

Goals of this course

  • Explain what is a TENS machine and how it feels.


  • Describe how TENS provides relief in Labour


  • Explain the benefits of TENS in labour.


  • List reasons not to use a TENS.


  • Feel confident in using various machines with clients.


  • Explain the importance of proper cleaning and maintenance.


  • Explain how a doula can use TENS with clients while staying in scope.
TENS for labour

The TENS Machine

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a method of pain relief involving the use of a mild electrical current. A TENS machine is a small, battery-operated device that has leads connected to sticky pads called electrodes.

You attach the pads directly to your skin. When the machine is switched on, small electrical impulses are delivered to the affected area of your body, which you feel as a tingling sensation. The electrical impulses can reduce the pain signals going to the spinal cord and brain, which may help relieve pain and relax muscles.

Acquiring a TENS machine

To join us virtually you MUST possess your own TENS unit and have another human to practice on. We recommend you purchase a TENS machine made specifically for labour. If you’d like some help and advice to help you decide please feel free to reach out to us. You are welcome to purchase and have ANY TENS unit.

Investment – Tuition

$75 +HST

Early Bird Discount: Save $10 when you register in advance.

Meet your Trainer – Stefanie Antunes

Stefanie Antunes has been a Lamaze® Educator and doula since 2002, after the birth of her second son showed her just how valuable it is to be prepared for birth and to have good support around you.

Stefanie is a visionary in the childbirth field. She leads the Discover Birth organization providing a variety of services to expectant parents and training for those wishing to pursue work in the childbirth field. Stefanie is a former board member with the Association of Ontario Doulas, DONA International, and sits on many local boards and coalitions to improve our communities. She is a DONA-approved Birth Doula Trainer, runs an Approved Program for Lamaze International and runs two doula agencies Discover Birth and The Nesting Place. Stefanie is the founder of The Birth Doula Program in the Greater Toronto Area.

Stefanie Antunes

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    Cancellation Policy

    Full cancellation available within 24 hours of booking. Refunds are available 30 days or more before workshop start date minus a $40 handling fee. No refunds will be made within 30 days of the workshop, however registrants may apply the fee towards a future workshop held by Doula School. NO EXCEPTIONS.
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