Nitrous Oxide Use in Labor and Immediate Postpartum

Walidah Karim, DNP, RN, CNM
Director, Center for Women's Healthcare
Cone Health Women's Hospital

The purpose of this activity is to enable the learner to expand their knowledge with new information on the use of nitrous oxide in the LDR setting.


  • Identify key strategies for successful nitrous oxide (N2O) implementation
  • Describe nitrous oxide (N2O) and its use for the management of labor and immediate postpartum pain
  • Describe the historical perspective of nitrous oxide and the impact of its use in the US
  • Describe the maternal and fetal effects associated with use of nitrous oxide (N2O)
  • Explain how nitrous oxide is used by the patient
  • Differentiate which patients are best suited for nitrous oxide (N2O) use
  • Explain occupational exposure and how risk is minimized

1.0 Contact Hour
1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Creditâ„¢ Mandatory for Physicians