You may opt to use nitrous oxide for pain and anxiety, if your healthcare provider determines that you are a suitable candidate. A nitrous oxide delivery is a safe and natural alternative to traditional medications, and it allows you to actively participate in your new baby's delivery.
Benefits of using nitrous oxide include:
- Quick Effects: Nitrous oxide takes effect in seconds and offers immediate relief of pain and anxiety.
- Easy Use & Self Administration: No needles and no long lasting effects - you control when you use it and for how long. You can recognize and respond to any pain and discomfort on your own terms just by breathing into a mask that you hold.
- Flexibility: Nitrous oxide can be used any time during labor, right up to birth, and it does not impact the progress of your labor or your ability to push.
- Quick Recovery: Unlike an epidural, there are no lasting effects - you can be up and moving to actively participate in your labor. When you need relief, you breathe into the mask. As soon as the pain subsides, pull the mask away from your face, take a couple of breaths, and the nitrous oxide is out of your system.
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