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April 25, 2007



In most other industrialized nations, women have another option for those tough moments - Nitrous Oxide. Self-dosed by the laboring woman, it lasts for only a few minutes in the body and allows women to get over the top of really hard contractions and through moments of doubt and discouragement (which are present in almost all labors). Judith Rooks, a midwife & epidemiologist, is trying to encourage women & providers to make nitrous oxide available to laboring women in the U.S. She's written editorials & commentaries in the journal Birth and in a recent Midwifery journal as well.

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