HCMC offering nitrous oxide to help moms cope with pain during labor

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“I would recommend nitrous oxide for short-term relief of pain or anxiety,” said Tyanna Bryant (holding her newborn son).  “I was able to get in different positions to help deliver — without an epidural.”

The same analgesic offered for dental procedures is now being offered to laboring moms at The Birth Center at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC). Nitrous oxide is the latest option for patients coping with pain during labor – whether it’s contractions, IV start-ups or lab procedures.  HCMC began offering it early this year with overwhelmingly positive results.

“Nitrous oxide is quick to set up, great for any time during labor, and it’s safe for both mom and baby,” explains Sara Wendt, Clinical Care Supervisor at The Birth Center. “Many of our moms are looking for a natural experience. Nitrous oxide combined with our Doula program, aromatherapy, and hydrotherapy offer women many options to reach that goal.” Continue reading “HCMC offering nitrous oxide to help moms cope with pain during labor”