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McLaren Greater Lansing Now Offers Nitrous Oxide as a New Option For Pain Relief For Laboring Moms

Friday, February 23, 2018  
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Starting on Monday, February 19, McLaren Greater Lansing is now offering nitrous oxide as an option for patients who are experiencing pain and anxiety during labor but would prefer to labor without an epidural. 

“One of the benefits to nitrous oxide is a reduced perception of pain and anxiety,” said Dr. Russell, an obstetrics and gynecology physician and medical director at McLaren Medical Group. “Other advantages are that it’s patient self administered, takes effect quickly, and you are still able to move freely.”

“One of the great things about nitrous is you get relief almost immediately and the affects are gone within 30-40 seconds or as soon as you take a couple of breaths outside of the mask,” Russell said. “So it helps you get through your contractions but you aren’t bound to the bed.”The benefits seem endless with nitrous oxide, which is why many moms are asking for it today. McLaren Greater Lansing offers the Pro-Nox Nitrious Oxide Delivery System; the medication is made up of 50% oxygen and 50% nitrous analgesia, which is the standard dose. 

There are no known risk factors for using nitrous for the mom or baby. Since the medicine is absorbed through the lungs, it doesn’t disrupt the release of oxytocin and therefore does not affect breastfeeding or the baby’s alertness during the golden hour, which is the first hour after birth. 

About McLaren Greater Lansing

McLaren Greater Lansing and McLaren Orthopedic Hospital operate the region’s most distinguished cardiovascular and orthopedic surgery programs that—together with McLaren Greater Lansing’s oncology, women’s care and wide-ranging diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical services—consistently lead in clinical quality and efficiency. The hospitals are part of McLaren Health Care, mid-Michigan’s largest health care system. Visit mclaren.org/lansing.
 
About McLaren Health Care

McLaren Health Care, headquartered in Flint, Michigan, is a fully integrated health network committed to quality evidence-based patient care and cost efficiency. The McLaren system includes 12 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, the state’s only proton therapy center, an employed primary care physician network, commercial and Medicaid HMOs covering more than 250,000 lives, home health and hospice providers, retail medical equipment showrooms, pharmacy services, and a wholly owned medical malpractice insurance company. McLaren operates Michigan’s largest network of cancer centers and providers, anchored by the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, one of only 45 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive centers in the U.S. McLaren has 22,000 employees and more than 40,000 network providers. Its operations are housed in more than 350 facilities serving the entire Lower Peninsula of the state of Michigan along with a portion of the Upper Peninsula. Learn more at mclaren.org.


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