A once-popular option to ease pain during childbirth in the 1950s will soon be available for mothers at Baton Rouge General Birth Center.
Nitrous Oxide is also known as “laughing gas” is an alternative to the epidural just without using a needle.
Nitrous Oxide became less popular during the 1970s when the epidural came on the scene.
It’s mainly recognized in dentists’ offices, but the gas can be safely used during labor and delivery without harming the mother and baby.
The gas works right away and has few side effects, as it leaves a woman’s system quickly when she stops using it. It also rapidly leaves a baby’s system once the baby is born and starts breathing. No additional monitoring of mom or baby is required afterward, and the mom can walk and move around normally.
Medical experts say this can now give mothers choices during their childbirth experience.
“It’s very quick-acting. It’ll take probably a minute or so before it starts working. It also wears off really quickly. If you want to have those periods of time where you’re more in control of what you’re doing, you can still get up and walk. It’s great for natural patients. They can actually be in the labor bath in the tub laboring and also use the nitrous oxide at the same time,” says Women’s Services Director Erika Moss.
Moss says mothers can hopefully begin to use the gas within the next few weeks.
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