Legacy Emanuel Medical Center offering nitrous oxide to laboring moms
As Cheryl Thiele and her husband, David, drove to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, she started to feel apprehensive about the delivery of her second child, “My first labor experience, I didn’t take any medications till the end. I was in labor off and on for 51 hours. It was exhausting.”
This time Cheryl found relief from an unexpected source, nitrous oxide, commonly referred to as laughing gas. “It wasn’t the ‘he he’ ‘ha ha’ laughing gas I was expecting,” explains Cheryl. “It was just this calm, relaxing, ‘I can handle this’ feeling that came over me.”
Just before a labor pain began, she would hold the face mask around her nose and mouth then breathe in. She could control how much nitrous oxide she received based on how deeply she inhaled. When she removed the mask, the effect was gone in a few seconds.
Cheryl appreciated knowing she held the power in her own hands to control her pain, “I really liked that I was in control of how much I could take in, and if I didn’t want it, I could just stop. It wasn’t something that was injected into me. No one was poking and prodding me. It felt empowering.”
Cheryl and David are now the proud parents of a healthy baby boy.