Genesis HealthCare System is pleased to offer expectant mothers the choice of epidural anesthesia – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Epidural is a method of administering pain medication to dull the sensations women feel during childbirth labor and delivery. When combined with breathing and relaxation techniques, epidurals provide increased comfort while enabling women to fully participate in the delivery. Anesthesiologists, medical doctors specializing in anesthesia and certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs), nurses with special training in the administration of anesthesia, work together to provide this popular service.
Preparing you for epidural anesthesia
When you arrive at Genesis for delivery, an anesthetist will do a brief pre-anesthesia assessment. This assessment is completed whether or not you have chosen epidural anesthesia. It helps the anesthesia personnel get to know you and be aware of any health factors that will influence the type of analgesia/anesthesia you may receive if the need arises. The anesthetist will also discuss your anesthesia options and answer any questions you may have.
If you decide you want an epidural, an intravenous (IV) line will be started. Various monitoring equipment will be set up to ensure the safety of you and your baby. You will be asked to sit up or curl up like a ball on your side. Your lower back will be washed with an antiseptic solution and numbed with a local anesthetic. A special needle will be used to locate the epidural space and a very small tubing threaded through this needle into the epidural space. The needle will then be removed and the tubing taped in place.
Any expectant mother interested in anesthesia should discuss it with her obstetrician. Information is also available during childbirth preparation classes at Genesis.