Obstetric anesthesiologists are in-house around the clock every day. That means a laboring mother never needs to wait for an epidural or other method of pain relief. Whether the laboring mother is having a vaginal delivery, planned C-section or emergency C-section, the primary goal is to make sure the she is comfortable and that she and her baby are safe.
IV pain medication is an option in the earlier stages of labor, but 80% to 90% of women get “walking epidurals,” which means they are not confined to bed. Being mobile tends to help the labor process advance more quickly.
The anesthesiologists are also prepared to provide emergency anesthesia, should the need arise.