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March 12, 2015

 

In 2010, I became pregnant with my son Liam.  The plan was to give birth at Charleston Birth Place, because I wanted to have a natural birth in the water.  As the weeks went by, we learned that my husband would be transfered to Virgina, and my dreams of a water birth were fading quickly.  I ended up delivering in VA at a really great hospital.  

 

In 2013, I became pregnant with my son Silas.  I had several plans inmind since there was only a in home birth center that seemed to risk people out, and had crazy stipulations.  SO, the plan was that I was going to travel to my family home in Charleston, WV which was about 6 hours away.  That plan lasted about 6 months, the traveling got really old.  I also looked into a home birth, but that late in the game it was really going to be hard to pull off.  I really wanted an option that would afford me the use of nitrous oxide!

 

In the end, I labored at home as long as I could and went into the hospital at the tail end of it.  I had my first natural birth sans Nitrous, but had I had it, I think it woulda been awesome =)

 

 

Here is an passage from American College Of Nurse Midwives:

 

The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) maintains the following: 

• Women should have access to a variety of measures to assist them in coping with the 

challenges of labor. Among these should be nitrous oxide (N2O) analgesia, which is 

commonly used in many other countries. 

• Research has supported the reasonable efficacy, safety, and unique and beneficial 

qualities of N2O as an analgesic for labor and its use as a widely accepted component of 

quality maternity care. 

• Certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives should be trained to administer and 

oversee safe use of N2O analgesia during labor. 

• Women should be educated about the use of N2O as an option for pain relief in labor. 

• Research and evaluation of the use of N2O analgesia should continue in all 

obstetric/anesthesia departments to facilitate the inclusion of N2O as an option for women 

in labor throughout the United States. 

 

 

 

 

 

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