Baptist Health Medical Center-North Little Rock Introduces Nitrous Oxide Option For Mothers in Labor


NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Women who want to labor with minimal interventions and choose to deliver at Baptist Health Medical Center-North Little Rock now have the option of using nitrous oxide, more commonly known as “laughing gas,” for pain management. 

The effects of nitrous oxide are different for every woman, but it is said to allow you to relax and cope with labor. Nitrous oxide used for labor discomfort is a mixture of 50% nitrous gas and 50% oxygen. It is inhaled through a hand-held mask and self-administered, allowing mom to use it as needed with each contraction. The gas slows the nervous system, which makes you feel less inhibited. It also can create a sense of well-being or euphoria. 

Starting to inhale before a contraction allows the pain relief to occur when the contraction reaches its peak, providing the greatest relief. It may be beneficial for women who are prone to anxiety or want the ability to move more freely during labor. 

It is also less invasive than an epidural and has fewer side effects for both mother and baby. With nitrous oxide, mothers can safely breastfeed after delivery without concern of passing IV medications to their baby. 

With nitrous oxide, you can choose to stop before your infant’s delivery and instead use another form of pain relief such as IV narcotics or an epidural. However, nitrous oxide cannot be used in conjunction with other forms of pain management. 

For more information about pregnancy and childbirth at Baptist Health, visit or call 1-888-BAPTIST.


About Baptist Health

For more than a century, Baptist Health has delivered all our best in health care through Christian compassion and innovative services. Baptist Health, Arkansas’ most comprehensive health care organization, is here For You. For Life. – with more than 250 points of access that include 12 hospitals; urgent care centers; a senior living community; over 100 primary and specialty care clinics; a college with studies in nursing and allied health; and a graduate residency program. It is also the largest private not-for-profit health care organization based in Arkansas, providing care through the support of approximately 11,000 employees, groundbreaking treatments, renowned physicians and community outreach programs. For more information about Baptist Health, visit, call Baptist Health HealthLine at 1-888-BAPTIST or download the myBaptistHealth app