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What Is Nitrous Oxide and How Does It Work?


July 19, 2017 12:34 pm

Nitrous oxide, often called "laughing gas", has been a common practice to help cope with pain for many years. While it's mainly used in dental offices, Women's Care of Wisconsin is happy to offer you the option of patient-controlled nitrous oxide to assist with pain relief and anxiety during gynecological procedures.



Women's Care's Registered Nurse, Tanya Henry, explains that the nitrous oxide "helps relax you and helps you manage your pain" so that in-office procedures like getting a Pap smear or having an IUD placed are more comfortable.



When nitrous oxide is used for gynecologic procedures, it is a mixture of 50% nitrous gas and 50% oxygen. This gas is inhaled through a mask for about 30 seconds before the procedure begins and is self-administered by the patient, so you can breathe it in as you feel necessary.  


"Some people do find relief from the gas, however some people don't see that the pain goes away, but they're much more relaxed and allow us to do the procedure better because of it," Tanya explains.


Nitrous oxide is cleared from the body through the lungs, so as soon as you pull the mask away, the nitrous effect starts to fade. Within a few minutes, the nitrous oxide will have left your system, making it a great option for women who need to drive after their procedure.


"Essentially, what it's doing when we give you the nitrous is allowing you to relax so the doctor can do what they need to do and in the meantime you're not feeling as much pain or discomfort," Tanya says.


If you would like more information about how to request nitrous oxide for your next procedure, please call our office at 920.729.7105.

You can also learn more about nitrous oxide on our website by clicking here.

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Myth #2: Midwives Can Only Deliver Babies At Home


June 30, 2017 3:55 pm

Even though midwifery has evolved alongside today's modern health care system, many myths surrounding this profession are based in common misunderstandings that are centuries old. At Women's Care, we believe education is a powerful tool, so we've teamed up with two of our certified nurse midwives to set the record straight!

Becky Kahler and Kay Weina have nearly 30 years of combined experience as certified nurse midwives and are passionate about the work they do.

Over the next few months, Becky and Kay will help us break down different myths, so stay tuned as we address some of the most common questions surrounding midwifery!


Myth #2: Midwives can only deliver babies at home.

"Another question I get from patients is if I deliver at home," Becky says. "I do not deliver at home, but we can refer you to some of the community midwives that would provide you with that type of care."

According to the American Midwifery Certification Board, 94.9% of CNM-attended births occurred in hospitals in 2012. That same year, 2.6% occurred in freestanding birth centers and just 2.5% occurred in homes.

At Women's Care, our certified nurse midwives' practice is strictly hospital births only, with Becky primarily delivering at the Appleton Medical Center, Kay primarily delivering at the ThedaCare Neenah Center, and our newest midwife, Elise, going back and forth between the two locations.


Stay Tuned

In our next blog post Becky and Kay will be answering questions about all-natural births and medication, so be sure to check back soon!

If you're interested in seeing one of our certified nurse midwives, you can schedule your first appointment by calling 920.729.7105 or by clicking here.

You can also learn more about each of our certified nurse midwives and healthcare providers here.

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