I was thrilled to have heard this on the radio news report yesterday! In the past year I have had more than a few clients asking me about it’s availability for their hospital births. Laughing gas takes the edge off of labor pain, can be self-administered, and is covered by insurance. It could take the middle ground between an epidural or nothing at all. Laughing gas is used commonly in the UK and Canada to help women cope with labor pains, but it is currently only in two hospitals in the US.
That’s about to change. Special recognition to Vanderbilt Nurse Midwife Michelle Collins for her quote in the article and undoubtedly the many hours of work she has logged getting this change to occur. Vanderbilt patients, it sounds like the road for laughing gas has been paved, and you could reap it’s benefits during your labor soon (purely my inference on reading the article).
So here’s the full article from abc news: Not Just for the Dentist: Nitrous Oxide Returning to Delivery Rooms .