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IVCH to offer nitrous oxide to women during child birth

Posted by wlpo on October 7, 2014

Child birth is known to be a painful process.  Women giving birth at Illinois Valley Community Hospital now have the option of receiving nitrous oxide to ease their pain.

IVCH Public Relations Director Gene Vogelgesang nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is being made available starting this week.  The hospital’s nurses have been train on how to administer it.

Vogelgesang says most dentists already use the nitrous oxide as an anesthetic. He says IVCH is the first hospital in Illinois to offer it to patients and just one of about 50 hospitals nationwide.

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