Childbirth is a life-changing event in life. But it also comes with its share of challenges and discomfort. At the birth center, we encourage natural labor and refrain from medical interventions. However, along with natural pain relief, we also offer clients the option of using nitrous oxide.
Nitrous oxide is a safe and gentle option that offers pain relief and increased comfort to women during labor without heavy medications. It’s helpful during intense contractions and is used to take the edge off the pain during labor.
When do you use Nitrous Oxide?
Nitrous Oxide is used as an extra help for pain relief during labor. It can be used throughout labor and dissipates quickly.
What is Nitrous Oxide?
Nitrous oxide is a mild anesthetic administered through a mask you breathe in and out of. It is self-administered, meaning it allows mothers to control the amount of analgesia they’re using.
It is a colorless, odorless gas that, when inhaled, offers pain relief and a sense of relaxation.
What does Nitrous Oxide do?
Since it is a mild anesthetic, It may not eliminate pain but helps reduce the perception of pain, making it more manageable.
What are the benefits of Nitrous Oxide?
Some benefits of nitrous oxide include:
- Nitrous oxide is considered safe for both the mother and the baby. It does not interfere with the labor process or affect the baby’s well-being.
- Nitrous oxide administration does not require needles or catheters, it can be simply inhaled via a mask.
- No lingering effects.
- Nitrous oxide induces a calming effect, helping the mother relax.
- It can be self-administered.
Combined with other methods of pain relief such as breathing exercises and positioning, nitrous oxide plays an important role in making labor pain more bearable for mothers. At the birth center, we strive to make the experience more comfortable and empowering.
If you have any other questions about how we manage pain during labor, feel free to discuss them during your next prenatal appointment!