At Burdett Birth Center, we strive to tailor the birth experience around the wishes of new parents. We’re thrilled to expand those birthing options for women who are interested in exploring hydrotherapy. Burdett’s midwives and nurses are trained in hydrotherapy and are available to discuss which option is best for you. Here’s a quick overview of the three hydrotherapy options at Burdett Birth Center, which include: showering, whirlpool tubs, and birthing pools. With the addition of two birthing pools, women may now choose water birth for labor and delivery at Burdett Birth Center.
At Burdett Birth Center, we now offer nitrous oxide (also known as “laughing gas”) as a pain-relief alternative during labor. So, how does nitrous oxide differ from common pain management methods? Epidural and spinal blocks are common choices to help easy pain during labor and delivery. Epidurals use one or more pain medications injected by an anesthesiologist or a nurse anesthetist via catheter into the space outside the spinal cord in your lower back. Spinal blocks are usually used more during a C-section or in an emergency labor situation. An epidural takes 15 minutes to take effect while a spinal block is immediate. Nitrous oxide takes effect within one minute. Under all three methods, you remain awake and alert during labor. Both epidural and spinal blocks alleviate lower body pain in your lower body region. However, you won’t be able to walk during labor. Nitrous oxide does not eliminate pain, but it can reduce anxiety and feeling of well-being which makes it easier for women to deal with the pain of labor.
To learn more about our these options, speak to your provider or midwife, or schedule an appointment at (518) 271-3393.