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Obstetric Anesthesia

Obstetric Anesthesiology is an integral division of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Florida. Obstetric Anesthesia Services are provided at the University Medical Center in Jacksonville and at our main teaching institution, Shands at UF.

The scope of our obstetric anesthesiology program extends beyond the provision of epidural analgesia for labor pain and regional or general anesthesia for surgical procedures. Neuraxial blockade techniques such as the combined spinal-epidural, patient controlled epidural anesthesia, “walking epidurals”, continuous spinal anesthetic techniques or patient controlled intravenous analgesia for labor are available.

High-risk patients undergo a thorough evaluation and discussion of anesthetic options. In consultation with the obstetricians, as well as other specialists, an optimal delivery plan is developed, combining medical safety with the wishes of the patient. Advanced monitoring techniques, as well as management in an intensive care unit setting are readily available as deemed necessary.