Clinical trials are using a VR headset to help manage pain during labor

This article titled “Can virtual reality help women cope with childbirth?” was written by Tina Amirtha, for theguardian.com on Friday 9th December 2016 11.00 UTC

Erin Martucci had been enjoying the beach vista and gazing at a flock of birds overhead when something shook her view. The voice of Ralph Anderson, her gynecologist, broke through the sound of the waterfall next to her.

“We’re ready to push!” he said, gently taking Martucci’s virtual reality headset off and bringing her back to a hospital room at Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown, New York. Martucci, 40, looked around at her husband and mother, their voices swirling excitedly around her: “She’s crowning! She’s ready!”

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