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Monadnock Community Hospital spokesman Jana Lothrop shows off the Peterborough hospital's nitrous oxide equipment in the maternity unit's tub room. (MEGHAN PIERCE/Union Leader Correspondent)
"We've been using it since October and it's been very well-received and a pretty popular choice," said Elizabeth Kester, MCH's nurse manager of Obstetrics and Women's Health. "We were the first in the state, actually the first in New England."
"In the labor room, it's a blend of 50 percent nitrous and 50 percent oxygen. So it's not considered anesthesia when it's used at that blend," Kester said.
"I wanted to be there completely for my birth and it allowed me to do that and it allowed me to relax so I could enjoy the whole experience," said Lake, whose daughter Brynn, was born Oct. 25.
"It just took an edge off some of the pain during the contractions," Fritz said. "I would try it again."
She added: "The sense of control that it gives women is the number one benefit."
"As much as I like being among the first and few, it really should be an option available to all woman, not just the ones lucky enough to live around us," she said.
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