Minn. Hospitals Using Laughing Gas To Treat Pain In Childbirth


McDONAGH ABOUT HIS STORY OF SEXUAL ABUSE FROM A YOUNG AGE AND COMING FOUR YEARS LATER CHANGED HIS LIFE FOR THE BETTER. ONE OF THE THINGS PREGNANT WOMEN SOMETIMES WORRY ABOUT IS PAIN DURING CHILDBIRTH. HOSPITALS ACROSS THE TWIN CITIES AND OUT BRINGING BACK PAIN RELIEF OPTION THAT WAS WIDELY USED DECADES AGO, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT LAUGHING GAS AND ANGELA DAVIS EXPLAINS. Reporter: LACEY ADULT AN OUTLAW ARE THRILLED TO HAVE A SECOND BABY BOY FROM HIS BIRTH FIVE DAYS AGO WAS MUCH DIFFERENT THAN HIS BROTHERS TWO YEARS AGO. MY GRANDMA DURING MY FIRST LABOR WHEN I WAS GOING ALL- NATURAL WAS PRAYING WITH HER CROSS LIKE IT WAS AN EXORCISM. [ LAUGHTER ] IT DID NOT FEEL LIKE SOMETHING HAPPY. SPIRIT IT WAS NOT FUN, IT WAS SCARY, DEFINITELY SCARY. FOR THE FIRST TIME IT WAS THE FIRSTBORN AND SO IT WAS DEATHLY MORE SCARY. LACEY OPTED FOR THIS ON HER SECOND DELIVERY, AND MASK HELD TO HER FACE ALLOWING HER TO INHALE NITROUS OXIDE, ALSO KNOWN AS LAUGHING GAS AS SHE EXPERIENCE CONTRACTIONS. WHEN I FELT I WAS GOING TO START HAVING WHEN I WOULD START INHALING AND THEN I WOULD KIND OF STOP FOR A MINUTE JUST TO SEE IF IT WAS ALLOWING MY BODY TO RELAX WHICH
IT WAS. FAIRVIEW HEALTH SERVICES STARTED OFFERING LAUGHING AT THAT ALL FIVE OF ITS LABOR AND DELIVERY HOSPITALS INCLUDING U OF M MASONIC CHILDERS HOSPITAL WHERE BABY LIAM WAS BORN. IT IS CLEAR THERE IS A SIGNIFICANT EFFECT ON BABIES AND IT IS AN OPTION FOR WOMEN WHERE THEY CAN HAVE CONTROL OVER DELIVERING IT FOR THEMSELVES. AND IT TAKES THE EDGE OFF AND REALLY HELPS WITH SOME ANXIETY. LAUGHING GAS IS COMMONLY USED BY WOMEN DURING LABOR IN CANADA AND EUROPE AND HAD BEEN VERY COMMON IN THE US UNTIL THE 1950s WHEN EPIDURALS BECAME POPULAR. THIS TIME EVERYONE WAS CALM AND WE HAD A BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHER, THE PICTURES DON’T EVEN LOOK LIKE I AM IN LABOR. AT HER BODY IS RELAXED, OTHER HOSPITALS IN THE TWIN CITIES NOW OFFERING LAUGHING GAS DURING LABOR AND DELIVERY INCLUDE HENNEPIN COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER AND ABBOTT NORTHWESTERN HOSPITAL IN MINNEAPOLIS, UNITED HOSPITAL ST. PAUL OFFER IT NEXT MONTH AS WILL ALL THE OTHER HOSPITALS IN THE NEAR FUTURE, IT IS PART OF A NATIONAL TREND AMELIA, IT IS
BACK. AND WE HEARD THE NURSE SAY TAKE THE AGES OFF. MOTHERS WANT TO KNOW DOES IT TAKE THE PAIN AWAY LIKE AN EPIDURAL. THEY ARE TWO DIFFERENT THINGS, IT IS NOT LIKE THE EPIDURAL AT ALL BUT A LOUSY TO DEAL WITH THE ANXIETY AND TO HANDLE THE PAIN BETTER. SHE DESCRIBED IT IT TAKES OFF THE EDGE OF THE CAN STILL GET AN EPIDURAL IF YOU GET TO THE POINT WHERE CONTRACTIONS ARE SO INTENSE AND HAVE MORE PAIN THAN COMFORTABLE WITH, AFTER USING LAUGHING GAS THEY WILL STILL GIVE YOU AN EPIDURAL. DO THOSE PHOTOS REMIND YOU OF YOUR DELIVERY? I DO NOT

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