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DeKalb Medical Becomes First in Metro Atlanta to Offer Nitrous Oxide for Women in Labor

August 31, 2017

For Immediate Release 

For more information, contact:

Angela Soyemi



DeKalb Medical Becomes First in Metro Atlanta to Offer Nitrous Oxide for Women in Labor 


Decatur, Georgia - Women in labor at DeKalb Medical now have a new option to manage pain. Nitrous oxide, frequently used in dentist’s offices, has been proven advantageous for pain relief during labor. DeKalb Medical is the first hospital in metro Atlanta and the second in Georgia to offer Nitrous Oxide. Northeast Georgia Medical Center became the first in August of 2016. 


“Patients like using nitrous oxide because it’s safe for them and their baby. It is self-administered and allows women to manage the discomfort of labor and post-birth while remaining alert and conscious,” said Rose Horton, Executive Director of DeKalb Medical’s Maternity Services. 


Nitrous oxide takes the edge off a mother’s intense contractions during labor while maintaining the feel and awareness of natural child birth. It is also a good option for mothers who arrive too late to receive an epidural or those that cannot have an epidural because of other medical issues. 

The Nitrous Oxide machines were funded by the DeKalb Medical Foundation. 

To learn more about this option for relieving pain during labor, visit http://www.dekalbmedical.org/home/our-services/maternity-services/baby-delivery-options-atlanta/nitrous-oxide.



About DeKalb Medical

DeKalb Medical is a not-for-profit health system consisting of three hospital campuses (DeKalb Medical at North Decatur, DeKalb Medical Long-term Acute Care at Downtown Decatur, and DeKalb Medical at Hillandale), as well as 50 DeKalb Medical Physician Group offices and 158 multi-specialty providers in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties. Its medical staff includes more than 800 doctors in 55 specialties. In 2017, Atlanta Magazine named 94 DeKalb Medical physicians as “Top Doctors.” 


Founded in 1961, DeKalb Medical is an integral member of the community, offering a variety of premier services, including joint replacement, surgical weight loss, mammography, cancer treatment, heartburn solutions, Georgia’s only certified medical fitness center and more. The Maternity Center is the first in Georgia to receive the international “Baby-Friendly” hospital designation. DeKalb Medical is also a certified Primary Stroke Center. To learn more about DeKalb Medical, please visit our website: www.dekalbmedical.org.