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August 1st, 2006, 10:14 AM
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Just curious if using gas and air counts as unmedicated?
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August 1st, 2006, 10:54 AM
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By air do you mean oxygen? for me antural childbirth is about refusing pain relief and unneeded interventions. If you need oxygen by all means you should use it.

What is gas? They don't do that anymore do they?
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August 1st, 2006, 12:14 PM
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by gas, if you mean laughing gas or other medicating or mind-altering fumes, yes - that is a medicated birth.

By air, if you mean oxygen, and it is a necissary intervention, then it is still considered unmedicated, but interventive.

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August 1st, 2006, 01:58 PM
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Gas and air is a combination of laughing gas and oxygen mixed together. I do not believe it is available in the US. Apparently from the above link someone who uses it in the UK is still considered to have had a natural childbirth, though it does alter the perception of pain and offers pain relief so I consider childbirth with gas and air to be medicated.

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August 1st, 2006, 03:12 PM
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<span style="font-family:Verdana">Gas & air is very commonly used here in the UK, and people do seem to see it as being unmedicated although I can't see it myself - I've never used it, but my foster-sister used it with both her births and said it made her feel like she was a little drunk. </span>

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