Our wide range of pain management options will help you be as comfortable as possible during labor and delivery.
Our team will assist you with comfort measures, such as:
- breathing techniques
- position changes
If needed, we can deliver medications:
- Narcotic pain relievers (commonly Stadol)
- Epidurals (24-hour anesthesia capabilities on site)
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.
What is nitrous oxide?
- A mixture of 50% oxygen and 50% nitrous oxide.
How does nitrous oxide work?
The equipment handles the mixing to ensure a perfect 50/50 blend is delivered with each breath. You hold your own mask and have control over when you use the nitrous oxide. Simply:
- Inhale as you start to feel a contraction.
- Keep the mask on your face through your contraction. Breathing in and out will help relieve the pain and anxiety.
- Remove the mask and take additional breaths.
Does nitrous oxide have any side effects?
- Some women report nausea, but taking a few deep breaths without the mask will eliminate the nausea.
Can I move around while using nitrous oxide?
- Yes, you are completely mobile when using nitrous oxide.
Does nitrous oxide affect my baby?
- No, there are no known effects on the baby. Nitrous oxide is the only pain relief method used for labor that is cleared from the body through the lungs, so as soon as you pull the mask away, the nitrous oxide effect is gone within a breath or two.
Is there any extra monitoring required?
- No, there is no extra fetal monitoring required when nitrous oxide is used.