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Labor And Delivery
Providing the Highest Levels of Safety and Comfort
Bringing a little one into this world and going through labor is unique to every woman. There are many safe options for managing labor pain. While some women prefer breathing and relaxation techniques throughout labor, others may choose to combine these methods with pain medications or an epidural.
In partnership with your obstetrician and obstetric care team, PAA is dedicated to managing your labor and delivery pain with a primary focus on the safety of both mother and baby. Our involvement begins with a thorough pre-anesthetic assessment of each expectant mother. We encourage patients with more complex medical issues to have an evaluation through our pre-anesthesia clinic in order to discuss options.
In the hospital, a dedicated anesthesiologist will be involved with your care for the duration of labor and delivery. Should the need arise, or if planned in advance, we also provide anesthesia for surgical delivery by C-section.
No matter the journey you take bringing life into this world, rest assured that you have a PAA anesthesiologist who is dedicated to providing the highest levels of safety and comfort every step of the way.
Exemplary Care On Your Family’s Special Day
- 24/7 anesthesia care for all laboring mothers delivered by experienced and caring physicians.
- An understanding that each woman’s labor and desires regarding pain management are unique and require individualized attention.
- Continuous assessment of the quality of care we deliver to expecting mothers.
- Unwavering dedication to your safety so you can focus on the joy of childbirth.
- Fantastic relationships with your obstetricians.
What Our Obstetricians Are Saying
Dr. Jennie Hauschka
Novant Health Mintview OB/GYN
The anesthesiologists at Providence Anesthesiology Associates are professional, highly skilled, and deliver quality care. They are an important part of our team!.
Dr. Nora Arronte.
Novant Health Providence OB/GYN
I started practicing OB/GYN at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in 1996. Over the past 25 years, I’ve had the distinct privilege of working with Providence Anesthesia. Their level of professionalism is unparalleled. They consistently offer quality and compassionate care every day.
Dr. Thor Svendsen
Novant Health Rankin OB/GYN
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an epidural?
Am I required to have an epidural?
Are there patients who cannot get an epidural?
Yes, there are some women who cannot have an epidural for their safety. This may include women who have certain medical conditions such as bleeding disorders or a low platelet count. Additionally, we cannot administer an epidural to women on blood thinning medications unless they have stopped taking them for a certain amount of time beforehand. Women who have had previous back surgery are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. If your anesthesiologist has concerns for your safety, they will discuss this with you.
When should I get my epidural?
There is no definitive time to get your epidural. When you need pain relief will depend on your pain tolerance, your baby’s position, and how your labor is progressing. Certain medications, such as Pitocin, can make labor more painful. You must be able to sit very still for the placement of your epidural. As long as you are able to sit still and you and your baby are stable medically, you’ll be able to receive an epidural.
What if I need a C-section after being in labor?
What if I am having a planned C-section?
What are the risks of an epidural/spinal?
Will the epidural affect my baby?
What if the epidural doesn’t work?
What if I still have more questions?
If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You may be able to find answers to your questions at the American Society of Anesthesiologists patient resource center.