In order to serve our expectant mothers, the Labor and Delivery Suite is staffed by the Department of Anesthesiology 24-hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. A board-certified anesthesiologist is always available.
Danbury Hospital offers a full range of anesthesia services within the Family Birth Center working with you and your obstetrician. We respect your desires and concerns and will discuss all available options with you, allowing you to make your labor and delivery the experience you want it to be.
Common Anesthesia Options During Labor and Delivery
Different women make different choices about how anesthetics are used—if they are used—during the labor and delivery process.
At Danbury, just as at many hospitals, many laboring mothers receive an epidural. We perform the most modern type of epidural anesthesia (used to be called a “walking epidural”), which:
- Offers pain-relief in minutes
- Preserves muscle strength
- Provides a safe choice for both mother and baby since minimal drug enters the maternal bloodstream
We also offer continuous infusion of medication up until delivery, so that the mother can give herself extra doses as she feels necessary. This is also called Patient-Controlled Epidural Anesthesia.
Anesthesia Options During Cesarean Section Delivery
At Danbury, our cesarean section rate is on par with the national average.
While the choice of anesthesia is an individualized decision for each woman, many cesareans are performed under regional anesthesia so mother can be awake to see her baby right away. Fathers are welcome to sit in the operating room with the mother during the procedure.
After surgery, anesthesiologists will use modern pain-relief techniques to manage your post-surgical pain, with doctors on call 24 hours a day.
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