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Laughing Gas and Labor During Childbirth

Would You Use Laughing Gas During Labor?

Most women need something to take the edge off during labor and there are lots of options with the epidural being fairly common. But now, moms-to-be will likely have another choice — laughing gas. One report said:

The use of nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, during childbirth fell out of favor in the United States decades ago, and just two hospitals — one in San Francisco and one in Seattle — still offer it. But interest in returning the dentist office staple to the delivery room is growing: respected hospitals including Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center plan to start offering it, the federal government is reviewing it, and after a long hiatus, the equipment needed to administer it is expected to hit the market soon.

Would you consider using it?

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EvieJ EvieJ 6 years
I gave birth in a birthing centre in the UK, and this was the only pain relief on offer. During active labour, I couldn't figure out how to breathe in and out on the tube, which my husband and mother found hysterical. After the birth, I was sucking on it like crazy and going into massive fits of giggles.
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