Board-certified anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists are available 24-hours a day to provide pain relief for women delivering babies.
Women having vaginal deliveries may choose to receive an epidural for pain relief. The anesthesia provider will explain the procedure and answer your questions, even if you are not sure whether or not you want an epidural. If you opt to have an epidural placed, you will be given the ability to regulate (within safe parameters) how much medicine you actually receive. If you prefer not to utilize pain medicines for your delivery, your wishes will be respected.
Cesarean births require anesthesia – either via an epidural, a combined spinal/epidural, or rarely, a general anesthetic. Your anesthesia provider will discuss the options available to you and remain with you throughout the surgery.
If you have a significant medical condition, prior spinal surgery or trouble with an anesthetic in the past, you may have a consultation with one of the anesthesiologists prior to your delivery date. Have your obstetrician write you a prescription for a "Pre-op Consultation" with the Department of Anesthesiology. You may then call to make an appointment at (202) 537-4437 to discuss and plan your care as appropriate. The appointment MUST take place at least 2 days before your scheduled delivery.
You may request a specific anesthesiologist by speaking with your obstetrician or by calling the Anesthesia Office at (202) 537-4141 several days prior to your delivery.
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