Nitrous and Labor
From what I have seen about nitrous oxide, it is still in quite common practice in some countries, but has simply fallen out of favor in the US. I suppose it would entirely depend on the “environment” in your area as to whether practitioners are open to the idea or using it – I have seen nothing to indicate that it’s usage is contraindicated in any way. If interested, I would certainly ask! Best of luck!
Nitrous oxide can have very serious neurological side effects for people with an MTHFR genetic variation. About 30% of the population has one or another variation of MTHFR. I'm not sure if nitrous affects people with all different forms (homozygous, heterozygous, etc etc) or not, and I know it doesn't affect every person every time it's used, but it's enough of a concern that I mark it on all of my son's and my own medical forms. I wouldn't go for this unless you have tested negative for MTHFR (a simple lab test that a doc's office can do, but they have to test for a couple different versions of it).
It is very rare in the US. I don't think there are more than a handful of hospitals that offer it to laboring women and it's not one of the meds midwives here can get for births at home. There's a lot of resistance from anesthesiologists to incorporating it into the system, which makes sense when you consider that being on hand to give laboring women epidurals is a "bread and butter" type payoff for many of them. Nitrous does not require the presence of an anesthesiologist to administer.
Yes, I got it done through a regular doctor's office on advice from a holistic health counselor. I can't remember what made her think I might have it, but lo and behold I was homozygous for it. I think in my case it's the explanation for my difficulty absorbing B vitamins and my chronic anemia symptoms when I don't take an activated form of B6.