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Northern California Anesthesia Physicians Answer 3 Childbirth FAQs

November 15, 2016 | 8:45 am | Info Articles
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Your patient is expecting a baby, and it is your job as their physician to guide them on this momentous event in their life. Naturally, they are excited about a lot of things, maybe even anxious about some of them. If your patient is worried about the pain of labor, there are a range of medications and best practices administered by anesthesia physicians, aka anesthesiologists, that can help ease the aches and discomforts that the procedure may bring about.


A keen understanding of how anesthesiologists do their job in a labor and delivery setting can help avoid complications during the child labor procedure. According to Science Daily, not only patients, but also medical colleagues such as midwives, nurses, and obstetricians have limited understanding about the actual anesthesia process and its potential complications.

To help your patient understand the role of a Northern California anesthesia physicians better, here are answers to common questions from expectant mothers about it. You can relay these answers to your patient to allay some of their fears that relate to the birthing procedure.

“Will I require anesthesia for normal labor?”

Each woman experiences normal labor differently—some will need anesthesia, while others will not. In deciding whether anesthesia is needed, the anesthesiologist will assess the patient’s tolerance for pain. Even if she plans on having a natural childbirth, unexpected complications can still happen, which can make the administration of anesthesia necessary. Let the patient know that it is up to her to decide whether to be anesthetized during labor or not.

“Will pain affect my baby?”

Pain can cause adrenaline to kick in, which in turn can make the patient breathe rapidly. This actually causes blood flow going to the uterus to drop. If the baby is unable to receive adequate oxygen, he can become stressed. Anesthesia can relieve her from pain and take control your labor better, and this can protect the baby from undue stress.

“How will anesthesia be given to me during labor?”

Epidural anesthesia, which is the most common type of anesthesia used in childbirth, is a versatile type of anesthesia injected into the space at the outer layer of the spinal cord covering. The medicine is administered using a tiny epidural catheter that is inserted and then taped to the back so that the anesthesia can be delivered when needed for continued pain relief. The catheter is made of a thin and flexible plastic tube so you won’t feel it even if you lie on it on your back.

Childbirth requires an anesthesia physician from a qualified anesthesia medical group in northern California such as Medical Anesthesia Consultants Medical Group, Inc. to be present in case there is a need to be sedated. Get in touch with them for any questions that you or your patient may have about their role in childbirth.

Poor understanding of anesthesiologist’s role during labor may affect maternal and fetal outcomes, Canadian study finds, ScienceDaily.com
Anesthesia during childbirth, Sparrow.org

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