**Currently St. John’s in Santa Monica and GraceFull Birthing Center in Silverlake are the only facilities in the LA area that offer nitrous oxide during labor, to my knowledge.
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (KABC) —
Many women have turned to laughing gas as a drug-free alternative to get through the pains of childbirth.
New mom Megan Edmonds gave birth to baby Asher with the help of laughing gas, also known as nitrous oxide.“My goal was to, to try to get through with no drugs and no epidural. It just takes the edge off. I would say about 35 to 40 percent of the edge in the beginning of contractions and everything,” Edmonds said.
It changes and alters the perception of pain for patients, according to Dr. Albert Phillips at the Providence Saint John’s Health Center (PSJHC).
The PSJHC is the first hospital in the region to offer nitrous oxide for birthing moms.
“Nitrous oxide is actually being used all over the world, but here in the United States it didn’t seem to get as much favor as it did in other parts of the world,” Phillips said.