Birth Center - Pain Management

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Anesthesia Services

We are proud to offer our expecting moms several different pain management options, including:

  • Spinal (Intrathecal) Narcotic—This single shot technique provides a more rapid onset of pain relief with pain control lasting upwards of 3 hours.

  • Epidural medication for labor pain control—In this technique, a micro catheter is placed into the epidural space of a woman’s back through an epidural needle to provide a continuous infusion of pain control medication. Because it is not a single shot, this method allows mothers to continue to receive pain relief no matter how long the labor lasts. The medication used maintains the mother’s muscle strength so she can walk and move around before delivery.

  • Combined Spinal/Epidural for labor pain control (CSE): Often refered to as the “2 Step Technique, this method combines the advantages of the Spinal Narcotic’s rapid relief, and the flexibility of an epidural to extend the pain control for the duration of the labor.

  • Patient Controlled Epidural Analgesia (PCEA): This technique for pain control places the control of medication delivery in the hands of the laboring mother. Once the epidural catheter is placed, the mother is given a trigger or push button device that allows her to control how much pain medication she receives. This technique works well when women experience episodes of intense pain. They can self-administer epidural medication to manage such episodes. Studies have shown that women use less overall medication with this technique.