Laughing gas to manage labor pains

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Breaking news or common sense? NPR recently reported a rise in using Nitrous Oxide as an additional option for mothers in labor to manage their pain. It makes sense, doesn't it? We use Nitrous Oxide for dentist visits, and it's safe enough for young children, so why not for labor as well?

In fact, prior to the 1950s, Nitrous Oxide was a common option, until the advent of the epidural and more powerful anesthetics. But epidurals "came with trade-offs: epidurals can make it difficult to move around…