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Laughing Gas Gives Women Another Option To Manage Labor Pain

Move over, epidurals, here comes nitrous oxide. After enjoying popularity in the U.S. for managing labor pain until the mid-20th century, it was dropped in favor of anesthesia. Now it's back.

Nurse-midwife Cynthia Voytas demonstrates equipment used to deliver nitrous oxide at South County Hospital in South Kingstown, R.I. Kristin Gourlay/RIPR hide caption

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Kristin Gourlay/RIPR

Laughing Gas Gives Women Another Option To Manage Labor Pain

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