Archives for Pain Relief

Birthing Balls

The "birthing ball" is a wonderful comfort tool for pregnancy and labor. It has become standard equipment in many hospitals and birthing centers, and is carried by doulas when they attend births.…
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Why is nitrous oxide for pain relief unavailable to most women giving birth in the United States when it is available in so many other countries?

This is the question posed by Judith Rooks, CNM, MS, MPH, a well-known midwifery author, epidemiologist, and researcher.     As Ms. Rooks notes in her editorial in the March…
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