1. Laughing gas instead of epidurals
Considering labor has been compared to stretching your upper lip over the back of your head, it’s not difficult to see why over 60% of women in the United States receive an epidural during vaginal birth. One percent, however, opt for inhaled analgesia — either nitrous oxide or flurane derivatives — which is an odorless and tasteless gas inhaled from a handheld mask. You know, the stuff that makes going to the dentist just slightly less god-awful.