Laughing Gas Now Being Used in Minnesota Delivery Rooms

August 31, 2017 06:56 AM

Every woman who has had a child knows labor is no laughing matter.

This month, the Minnesota Birth Center in Minneapolis started offering laughing gas for pain relief during childbirth.


Nitrous oxide has been used around the world for labor pain, but is relatively new to the U.S. and certainly to Minnesota.

The Minnesota Birth Center says the woman controls how much laughing gas she receives making it a safe pain relief.

"An epidural, there's a certain amount of time that it stays within her system and it has effects on the baby. Nitrous doesn't, it's very short." said Kerry Dixon with the Minnesota Birth Center.

Nitrous may not be for everyone, it's known to produce mild side effects like nausea, drowsiness and dizziness.

The Minnesota Birth Center says 83 percent of women in the U.S. chose to use some pain relief during labor.



Joe Mazan

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