Usage of laughing gas during labor might soon make a comeback

February 14th, 2011 - 7:57 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Washington DC, Feb 14 (THAINDIAN NEWS) American health officials are reconsidering the use of laughing gas during labor.

Nitrous gas is used by just two hospitals in the United States currently. However several hospitals are now considering whether to get the gas back into the labor ward. Most mothers are already thrilled by the prospects.

One expectant mother, Lori Rowell who is due to give birth in June, said she would definitely consider the option.

36-year-old Rowell said that, “I would definitely think about it, and read about and talk to my doctor about it. It is nice to know that it doesn’t affect the baby, because that’s what scares me about an epidural.”

United States hospitals had abandoned the use of the laughing gas. Hospitals in several advanced countries like Canada and Great Britain all use the gas currently. The option is used to remove the pain that are associated with labor.

Developers are working to come out with the equipment that will help in administering the gas. Some analysts believe that the use of the drug is safer than the current procedure called epidurals, which are linked to child defects.

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