Your Comfort, 24/7
Dedicated To Safety
Holy Cross Anesthesiology Associates provides anesthesia services to women in our labor and delivery unit. An attending physician anesthesiologist is dedicated to the care of mothers in our labor and delivery unit 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Safe & Effective
Medical advances have made epidural and spinal anesthesia safe and effective. For labor, we use a continuous epidural. With this method, anesthetics are infused during the course of labor through an epidural catheter placed in your lower back. A computerized pump provides anesthetic medications until delivery.
If a cesarean section is needed, the epidural catheter placed for labor can be used to provide more anesthesia. The anesthesiologist also may give a combined spinal-epidural. This method administers a small dose of anesthetic into the spinal space at the time of epidural placement. Spinal anesthesia without an epidural is our preferred technique for elective cesarean sections or if our patient does not have an epidural for labor.
Possible Side Effects
Though rarely serious, you may experience the following side effects:
As with general anesthesia, there are risks involved that could affect the health of the mother and baby. These complications are rare. Most often, they respond to the treatment provided by your anesthesiologist and obstetrician.
By Your Side
You will begin to feel more comfortable just 10 to 15 minutes after your epidural. The epidural will continue to manage your pain throughout labor.
To help control labor pain, our epidurals provide you with some control over how much epidural medication you receive. This is called patient-controlled epidural analgesia or PCEA. It allows you to self-administer additional epidural medication at safe doses and controlled time intervals.
Where we Serve
HCAA currently serves our community by providing Anesthesia services to two hospitals, eight Ambulatory Service Centers, and three office locations.