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Cheryl Thiele rests between contractions
Cheryl Thiele rests between contractions
Legacy Emanuel Medical Center first to offer nitrous oxide to laboring moms (Photo) - 11/25/15
As Cheryl Thiele and her husband, David, drove to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, she started to feel apprehensive about the delivery of her second child, "My first labor experience, I didn't take any medications till the end. We were trying to go all natural and that was intense. I was in labor off and on for 51 hours. It was exhausting."

This time Cheryl found relief from an unexpected source. Legacy Emanuel is the only hospital in Portland to offer nitrous oxide, commonly referred to as laughing gas, to women in labor for pain management. "It wasn't the he he ha ha laughing gas I was expecting," explains Cheryl. "It was just this calm, relaxing, 'I can handle this' feeling that came over me."

"I'm happy we can offer this now to our patients because it gives them one more option for pain relief as part of a low intervention birth plan," says Duncan Neilson, M.D., clinical vice president of Women's Services for Legacy Health. "Nitrous oxide is part of our answer to the many women who want to have greater control over their birth experience."

Just before a labor pain begins, the patient holds the face mask around her nose and mouth then breathes in to begin the flow of the flavorless, odorless gas mixed with 50 percent oxygen. She controls how much nitrous oxide she receives based on how deeply she inhales. Nitrous oxide is the only pain relief method for labor that is cleared from the body through the lungs. When the patient pulls the mask away, the effect is gone in a few seconds.

Cheryl appreciated knowing she held the power in her own hands to control her pain, "I really liked that I was in control of how much I could take in, and if I didn't want it, I could just stop. It wasn't something that was injected into me. No one was poking and prodding me. It felt empowering."

Cheryl and David are now the proud parents of a healthy baby boy and are excited to take him home to his big brother.
Legacy Health to Offer Free Community Flu Shot Clinics - 11/19/15
Legacy Health is offering FREE flu shots to people age six months and older the week of December 7, 215. Shots will be available on all five hospital campuses during the times listed below while supplies last.

Legacy Emanuel Medical Center
281 N. Gantenbein, Portland
Monday, December 7
7 a.m. -- 11 a.m.

Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center
115 NW 22nd Ave., Portland
Tuesday, December 8
3 p.m. -- 7 p.m.

Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center
193 SW 65th Ave., Tualatin
Thursday, December 1
7 a.m. -- 11 a.m.

Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center
248 SE Stark St., Gresham
Wednesday, December 9
3 p.m. -- 7 p.m.

Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center
2211 NE 139th St., Vancouver
Friday, December 11
3 p.m. -- 7 p.m.

Go to www.legacyhealth.org/flu for more information.