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Why don't ALL countries have gas and air?

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morningpaper Mon 09-May-05 21:30:10

The UK seems to be fairly unusual in using gas and air - why is this?

(If other countries had devised a pain-relief method that I wasn't allowed, I'd be really annoyed!)

wheresmyfroggy Mon 09-May-05 21:46:10

Oh yes so would I.

I loved gas and air and wish you could buy tanks for home use.

compo Mon 09-May-05 21:47:10

do they have something else then or just more epidurals, use of pethidine etc?

starlover Mon 09-May-05 21:47:13

I hated it, made my face feel all funny.

kama Mon 09-May-05 21:47:53

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moondog Mon 09-May-05 21:50:09

What's it like when you are feeling normal and not racked by labour pains wmf? (Can ask that now,knowing your sex!)

wheresmyfroggy Mon 09-May-05 21:52:51

Moondog it's quite trippy, you see trails and hear everything with an echo

moondog Mon 09-May-05 21:55:02

Sounds great..
Was scared it would freak me out like dope does (or rather did!) but that was the last thing on my mind when I did get it!

wheresmyfroggy Mon 09-May-05 21:56:21

oooooooh it's wierder than dope

moondog Mon 09-May-05 21:58:03

I'll have to have another one and see.. (not!)
Tries to get my dh to have a puff,but he demurred,saying he needed to be with it in case things went pear shaped (which didn't do much for my confidence..)

wheresmyfroggy Mon 09-May-05 21:59:39

He could have, it only lasts for about 30 seconds/a minute

moondog Mon 09-May-05 22:01:11

Better still! So even if it gives you the heebeegeebees,you know it will all be over soon!

wheresmyfroggy Mon 09-May-05 22:02:54

Exactly moondog, it's perfect

p.s heebeegeebiees! haven't heard that one for a while

moondog Mon 09-May-05 22:05:40

Me neither,that's why i decided to write it!!

wheresmyfroggy Mon 09-May-05 22:06:21

morningpaper Tue 10-May-05 13:05:07

My DH used to be an ambulance driver in London and he says that on slow nights they'd all sit and pass around the gas and air like it was a spliff.

moondog Tue 10-May-05 13:07:03

mp,so that's why my fil (ambulance driver-retired) couldn't wait to get out of the house for work-according to my dh!!

Kiwifruit Tue 10-May-05 16:57:04

I used to hang out with the med students when I was at Uni in NZ, and they regularly brought a tank along to parties - was always very entertaining!

I remember a med student friend of mine telling me a story about a woman on his obstetrics run who used the gas & air mouth piece thingy to hit her husband while yelling 'It's all your f*ing fault' - friend said he thought it had the same therapeutic effect as actually using the gas and air...

motherinferior Tue 10-May-05 17:02:53

I always wondered if people used it recreationally and if so WHY NOT.

Fab fab fabulous stuff.

dinosaur Tue 10-May-05 17:10:48

I didn't like it. I did like pethidine though (but it had a terrible effect on DS1).

kama Tue 10-May-05 18:03:06

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