Virtual Reality Compared to Nitrous Oxide for Labor Analgesia

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The purpose of this study is to determine if non-invasive distracting devices (Virtual Reality headsets) are non-inferior to conventional therapy (nitrous oxide) for addressing maternal needs during labor who desire non-epidural pain relief.

Official Title

Virtual Reality Compared to Nitrous Oxide for Labor Analgesia

Eligibility Criteria

Ages Eligible for Study: Older than 18 Years
Sexes Eligible for Study: Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers: Yes
Inclusion Criteria:
  1. - Singleton pregnancy at >34 weeks - Regular uterine contractions - Pain > 2/10 - English speaking
Exclusion Criteria:
  1. - BMI > 40 - Preeclampsia with severe features - Use of IV analgesics during labor - Diabetes requiring insulin therapy - Claustrophobia - History of epilepsy


Brendan Carvalho
Brendan Carvalho
Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine (Adult MSD) and, by courtesy, of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Maternal Fetal Medicine)

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Brendan Carvalho