Laughing Gas

New Trend in Delivery Rooms: Laughing Gas for Labor Pain

The Short of It

It’s no laughing matter; laughing gas is increasingly being offered at birthing centers for pain management during labor.

The Lowdown

You may have received laughing gas during a dental procedure, but now some women are choosing nitrous oxide over an epidural to help them get through hard contractions.

“It’s totally patient controlled. I had complete control over when I took breaths and how many breaths to take,” a patient who opted to use laughing gas at the Minnesota Birth Center in Minneapolis told WCCO news. Read more


15 Things The Experts Don’t Tell You About Childbirth

We live in a world where information about having and rearing babies is everywhere.

When is the best time to have kids? Where does your favorite name rank popularity-wise? What’s the real deal with bed-sharing, and does your baby really need to crawl?

Don’t worry. Go online! And if you can’t find answers there, there’s always your doctor, parenting group, favorite mom friend or well-intentioned-but-meddling-mother-in-law ready to weigh in. Read more