Pain Relief Options – Nitrous Oxide Gas
A commonly used method of pain relief in labour is "the Gas". It is a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen gas.
A commonly used method of pain relief in labour is "the Gas". It is a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen gas. To find out how the gas mixture relieves pain and how it is used, please watch this video. The film also talks about the side-effects of using this gas mixture, and when it can't be used safely.
Would you like to share your experiences of using nitrous oxide during labour? If you have recently had your baby at the Women's and Children's or been a support person for someone who did and would like to share your story, please get in touch via email. Your details will remain anonymous.
Email address: HealthCYWHSAnaesthesiaWB@sa.gov.au
Please note: The Women's and Children's Hospital does not use pethidine or diamorphine. A similar medicine, fentanyl, is given into a small cannula under the skin. The amount of pain relief achieved and the side effects are very similar to those described for pethidine and diamorphine.