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Anesthesia For Child Birth in the New Life Center

In the New Life Center there is an anesthesiologist staffing the unit 24 hours/day 365 days/year. In addition to providing pain relief options during labor, the anesthesiology care team is also integral in providing anesthesia and physiological support during caesarian and vaginal deliveries.

What is the most frequently asked question in the New Life Center?
During labor and delivery there are several methods available to provide relief of the pain associated with labor and delivery. Psychological methods such as Lamaze and Bradley, intravenous opioids such as Stadol� and Demerol� or epidural, spinal and general anesthesia are just some of the methods used daily in the New Life Center. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages and the method chosen by one individual may not be appropriate for another women in labor. Members of the Department of Anesthesia are available to answer your questions so that you may make an informed decision.

When Can I Get My Epidural?!

Although regional anesthesia during labor offers excellent pain relief it should not be taken lightly. Regional anesthesia can have effects on both you and your baby. Your obstetrician and anesthesiologist will evaluate both your well-being and that of your baby prior to beginning a regional anesthetic. If there are no medical reasons not to perform a regional anesthetic and you have progressed in your labor, you may have an epidural provided that you have received at least 1000 cc of I.V. fluid. 'Its most impressive effect is to bring tranquility and humanity to the delivery suite as well as happiness and dignity to a woman on one of the most important occasions in her life'
Andrew Doughty, 1978

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