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Not Funny: Midwife Slapped With $4,836 Bill For Laughing Gas During Her Labor
Kaiser Health News

 Nurse-midwife Karli-Rae Kerrschneider wanted the same supportive birth experience she promises her own patients — and that included the use of nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, to dull her discomfort.

The delivery of the gas during labor has come back in vogue in the U.S. in the past few years as a less invasive alternative to an epidural administered by an anesthesiologist.

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With a tank in the hospital room, a woman in labor can take breaths of the gas as she needs it.