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#1 of 6 Old 08-19-2013, 05:19 AM - Thread Starter
 
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After seeing this used in Call the Midwife, I had to find out more about. I found some articles that advocate for its comeback, but it looks like it would just be wishful thinking. I'm thinking of asking the CNM at my appointment tomorrow if they've added it. Has anyone had an OB to recently add nitrous or used it in labor?

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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!

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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). 


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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.

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This is the first time seeing MTHFR but wow that opens up a whole heck of a lot. Have you had the genetic test?

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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. 


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