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Obstetric Anesthesia

The Anesthesiology Department provides round-the-clock care for patients on the labor & delivery floors who request pain relief for labor or require anesthesia for cesarean delivery. Our mission is to provide mother and baby with the safest and most comfortable birth experience. An obstetric anesthesia subspecialty team consisting of an attending anesthesiologist, a 3rd or 4th year senior resident and a nurse anesthetist (CRNA) are available 24/7 to provide both routine and high risk obstetric anesthesia care. A member of the team will meet every woman desiring information about anesthesia care for labor, vaginal delivery or cesarean section.

The University of Colorado Hospital has over 3000 deliveries per year with a 27% cesarean delivery rate and a 76% spinal/epidural rate for vaginal delivery. In June 2007 we moved into a new state-of-the-art hospital facility on the Anschutz medical campus.

Consultative services are provided for high-risk parturients with conditions such as hypertension, cardiac disease, thrombophilias or bleeding disorders and respiratory conditions. We participate in a team approach with multi-disciplinary care conferences daily to discuss management of women on L&D with our colleagues from obstetrics, neonatology and nursing. Parturients with high-risk conditions also benefit from care conferences involving their specialty physicians in cardiology, pulmonary or other disciplines.

We maintain a computerized database of all patients receiving analgesia or anesthesia on Labor & Delivery. Information from the database facilitates ongoing quality improvement, assessment of outcomes, and patient follow-up when necessary. Our department also participates in a national database developed by the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP) to study serious obstetric anesthesia complications and to identify any associated risk factors. Members of our group are involved on local, national and international levels as leaders in the field, furthering development of obstetric anesthesia and improving maternal safety. This complements our mission of maternal safety and comfort during childbirth.

UCH Insider, February 2013