Laughing gas in labor at Legacy ~ Legacy Salmon Creek offers nitrous oxide to women having babies for pain relief in lieu of other drugs

Women in labor at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center can now find some relief from an unexpected source: laughing gas. Last month, Legacy’s family birth center became the first in Southwest Washington to offer nitrous oxide to pregnant women in labor at the hospital. The nitrous oxide — which is a 50-50 mix with oxygen — can be used from the time the woman is admitted until the baby is born without any negative effects to mom or baby, said Shelora Mangan, clinical nurse specialist at Legacy Salmon Creek. Read more here.