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Vanderbilt Becomes One of Few U.S. Hospitals to Give Women Nitrous Oxide Option for Labor Pain

June 2, 2011

Nitrous oxide (an inhaled gas) is commonly available in European and other countries as an option for women to help alleviate labor pain, but very few (like, 2 or 3) places in the U.S. offer it. This week, Vanderbilt University* in Nashville, TN began offering this option, which is often of particular interest to women who do not want an epidural but would like something to take the edge off the pain.

The Tennessean, a Nashville, TN newspaper, has coverage, as does local tv station WKRN. I’m happy to say that I am working with Shelly (Michelle) Collins and Sarah Starr on a project at work right now, and am excited for them that they were able to get this option implemented. Congrats, ladies!

*Full disclosure: this is my larger workplace. Opinions on this blog and pretty much everywhere else are my own, and are not on behalf of or at the request of the employer. Readers should not ascribe my feelings about whatever I’m ranting about to the employer in any way.

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