A simple comb held in the palm of your hand has been used in birthing for centuries. This compact wood comb works effectively in multiple ways;
- The comb plays a role in the gate control theory of pain. This theory states that the brain can only focus on a select number of sensations. Because your nerve endings are closer in your hand, they reach your brain faster helping to forget about contractions.
- The teeth of the comb provide pressure to acupressure points at the base of your fingers. These acupressure points help release endorphins (our body’s natural pain relief) into the body.
- The repetition of holding something familiar in your hand can also provide a sense of calm and control to any childbirth experience, which is why they are valuable in both labour and during a caesarean birth.
How to use your BUMP&MIND Birthing Comb:
- Hold the comb in the palm of your hand and squeeze the teeth at the base of your fingers where they join your palm.
- Squeeze your comb during a contraction, which helps reduce pain via the pain gate theory, pushes on acupressure points to release endorphins and provides you with something to focus on.
- Our BUMP&MIND birthing comb can be used after birth, during breast feeding. Combing down the breast can be an effective was to break up or even prevent blocked milk ducts.