Our anesthesia care team
works with expectant mothers and their obstetric care team to develop an
effective plan to manage pain during labor.
Women and their family
members can discuss any questions with a board certified anesthesiologist on
the day of their delivery. Or, you can talk to your OB/GYN about arranging a
meeting with an anesthesiologist in advance of your due date.
In most cases, epidural
anesthesia is used to provide anesthesia for labor and childbirth. An anesthesiologist
is available 24 hours a day to place an epidural if desired. Most
patients experience little or no discomfort during this safe, extremely common
Epidurals are placed in your
labor room, for your comfort. During an epidural, anesthetic medication
is injected into the tissue that surrounds nerves as they exit the spine. This
will numb you from the waist down and decrease the pain you feel during labor.
During a Cesarean Section
Women scheduled for Cesarean
delivery - also known as a C-section - meet with a member of the anesthesia
care team during pre-operative testing. Your anesthesiologist will also meet
with you on the day of your C-section and stay with you throughout your
Most C-sections are done
under spinal or epidural anesthesia so that you can be awake to enjoy the birth
of your child. If you desire, your spouse, partner or labor support
person may also stay with you during the procedure.
Your anesthesiologist will also
come up with a pain management plan using multi-modal analgesia to manage your
pain after your operation and to keep you comfortable during your recovery.