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Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Introduces New Option for Birthing Experience

Florida Hospital Zephyrhills (FHZ) has introduced ProNox, a new pain management technology for women in labor that offers a middle ground between an epidural anesthesia and natural childbirth.

“When a woman feels a contraction coming, she can breathe through her ProNox mask and remove the mask when she wants, thereby controlling the amount of gas or pain control she’s receiving,” according to Marian A. Sampson, MD, FACOG, board certified gynecologist and obstetrician with East Pasco Women’s Care.

“The childbirth experience is an extremely physical and emotional event, so effectively managing pain and anxiety is important. ProNox can interrupt the fear-pain cycle and provide patients with a pleasant delivery,” Sampson said. “ProNox also allows mom to get up out of bed and walk around after childbirth, which is not usually possible with an epidural and narcotics, both of which can leave one feeling drugged and sleepy.”

With ProNox, the patient breathes a 50/50 blend of nitrous oxide and oxygen. There is a rapid onset that brings quick pain relief but it’s also swiftly eliminated from mom and baby. ProNox is safe, effective, inexpensive and non-invasive. It’s also great for patients who dislike needles, Sampson added.

Expecting mothers who want to know more about ProNox can talk to their obstetrician or call (813) 783-6124 and ask to speak with Jennifer Powers, RN, FHZ Nurse Educator at The Baby Place®.

About Florida Hospital Zephyrhills
Florida Hospital Zephyrhills is a 149-bed regional medical center located in East Pasco County. It is a proud member of the Adventist Health System, providing a legacy of health and healing for more than 150 years. Florida Hospital Zephyrhills has been nationally recognized by the American Heart Association®, the American Stroke Association®, The Joint Commission, and Women’s Choice Award® for providing quality patient care with emphasis on safety and patient outcomes. The award-winning Heart Institute is recognized for the treatment of coronary intervention, heart failure, chest pain, open heart surgery, and electrophysiology procedures and has received the Gold Plus Award for heart failure from the American Heart Association® and the American Stroke Association®. The hospital offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient surgical offerings including general, orthopedic, gynecology, urology, cardiothoracic and vascular. The Women’s Health Center offers services for women including gynecology, urology and pelvic floor health, labor and delivery through The Baby Place®, and breast care through the Simpson Breast Health Center. The hospital also offers emergency services, a robotics program, Bone and Joint Center, wellness center, wellness spa, rehabilitation, imaging services, and the Center for Wound Healing. Visit for more information.