Perfect mama+ by TensCare at a glance:
The perfect mama+ machine is safe and effective to use from the onset of labour providing mums-to-be with pain relief in the comfort of their own home. The unit enables the mother to remain mobile and upright, which can aid descent and dilatation.Additionally, the perfect mama+ gives information about contraction times and the length of your labour. It could be used to relieve back pain in the last 3 weeks of pregnancy and to ease post-operative pain following caesarean, perineal tear or episiotomy.The perfect mama+ can also be used with the breast electrode pads to help initiate lactation.
We spoke to these real parent testers to get their review...
How did this product make your life easier?
Leanne: I have previously used a Tens machine before in my first pregnancy so I was excited to try out this particular machine. I really really loved this Tens Machine! A few of the features I liked about this particular machine/product was how easy it actually is to use, really simple especially for a technophobe like me. The instruction manual is really easy to follow but one thing I would definitely recommend is that you familiarise yourself with it before labour as you’ll know how to operate it and which buttons are for which feature. It’s really easy to carry with you as well as transport it when you’re on the move and the neck strap makes it easily hands free especially if you want to move around and walk during your labour. The Pads are easily changed and can be bought which means you can reuse this machine and it’s still hygienic. It’s great for effective pain relief in the early stages of labour and I have already recommended it to a few of my friends who are pregnant as for me it really was an essential and it was a game changer in early labour.
Michelle: This product was very easy to assemble and use during my labour. I was able to wear it comfortably and remain upright as much as needed. The large backlit display was easy to navigate and control, even mid-contraction. I managed my whole labour with just the TENS machine and gas/air and found it very effective as a pain relief method.
Fatma: I put it on at home at 9am and delivered at 3pm. I kept the TENS on throughout the entire labour and only took it off to step in the birth pool right before the birth. On the positive side the machine gave me some distraction and power over the pain in the early stages, which helped me build my self confidence. The instructions are easy to follow, the machine is light and I hung it around my neck with the cord provided. I think it did take away most of the back pain associated with contractions. On the less positive side I'm not convinced it helped with the tummy pain associated with contractions. As I was coping well with labour, I kept it on the entire time as I was too afraid switching it off would make the pain worse, so I don't really know to what extent it reduced the pain.
Would you recommend this product to other parents?
Hollie: I have already recommended this product to other pregnant friends as it was fundamental to my pain management in labour. It was easy to set up and use and also control during labour, the fact you can hang it around your neck was fantastic. The only criticism about the ease of use was that you have to press the boost button quite firmly which can mean you don’t hit it quick enough during a contraction.
Gemma: Straight forward to use, multiple levels of pain relief which meant you can truly tailor this to your needs. There is the option of a belt clip or a neck strap to make it hands free which was very useful. The boost button was, of course, an important feature, and the boost mode certainly seemed to help during contractions.
Anna: The product is light, portable, well designed, the ability to use it for milk stimulation is rare and the contraction timer is a great feature. The price of the product is fair for the amount of features it includes. I have already passed this on to my best friend who is expecting in December and she is keen to use it.
Would you choose this product above all others on the market?
Gabrielle: I chose this tens over the one I have in the house as I was looking forward to using the contraction timer. This was handy to keep an eye on and make me feel more positive about my labour progressing. My original tens didn’t come with a storage pouch so this was very helpful. If I was to go into labour again it would choose it over my own tens.
Penny: Yes, I have seen other machines in the past and they look pretty complicated but this one is very simple and quick to set up. This product should definitely win, all labours are lovely if you are in control of pain, you can get up from your bed after the birth and have some normality back. The strength of the little machine is great and really does help with pain relief. When it gets too much you just hit the bosst button to get you through.
Gemma: Having used other TENS machines in the past what I liked most about this was the number of levels within each program as well as the fact there was 3 programs. This meant I never felt there was 'nowhere to go' with the pain relief. The size and shape of the device meant it was easy to hold and use, and the neck strap and belt clip were great for making it hands free.
What changes would you make to this product?
Michelle: I don’t think there’s anything I would suggest. The product did exactly what it said it would do and I was able to manage my labour without the need for pain relief other than gas and air, which I didn’t think I’d be able to do! I’m really glad I was able to use this TENS machine and have such a positive experience of labour.
Anna: Its already packed full of features so im not sure how much more you could get into such a small product. I would love the ability to play calming music, perhaps upload and play 1gb worth of music onto it and to be able to plug headphones into it, save carrying round another devise but i understand that may not be possible.
Hollie: I would ensure that the pads are able to be cleaned or are less sensitive. They are very sticky which is great but if the grab something like hospital bed paper then they no longer work which would leave you without a tens machine. This happened to me but my husband managed to clean it off during labour so I could use them.