Birthing new options at Monadnock Community Hospital

For more than 20 years, women giving birth in Canada, western Europe and Australia have had the option of using nitrous oxide to help them cope with pain during labor. But in the United States, where nitrous oxide is frequently used in dental offices, it has not been available in delivery rooms. But that’s about to change, and Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough is leading the way, the first hospital in New England and one of just a few in the country that has nitrous oxide equipment in its maternity unit.

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