The Obstetric Anesthesia Service provides anesthesia and analgesia services for women with both high- and low-risk pregnancies at the UC Davis Medical Center. Obstetric and general anesthesiologists provide care 24 hours a day in a busy and growing obstetric center. Between 2011-2013, approximately 1569 cesarean deliveries and  5,656 vaginal deliveries (the great majority of which utilized epidural analgesia) were conducted at the UC Davis Medical Center. Additionally, anesthesia is performed for a variety of procedures in the obstetric population, both related to and not related to pregnancy.

The Obstetric Anesthesia Service works in conjunction with the Obstetrics and Family Practice Services, and provides anesthesia and analgesia for women who are pregnant or who have recently delivered. Expectant mothers are provided with information about their pain relief and anesthetic options. Some women, especially those with high-risk pregnancies, may be seen by the Obstetric Anesthesia Service many days or weeks prior to expected delivery. This allows for the formulation of the safest and most effective plan for labor and delivery. Other women are seen only upon admission to the UC Davis Medical Center for childbirth, whereas other women, especially those with low-risk pregnancies, may chose not to receive anesthesia. The Obstetric Anesthesia Service, however, remains available at all times for any woman who desires or requires obstetric anesthesia or analgesia.

Dr. Maria Cristina Gutierrrez, Director
Obstetrical and Gynecological Anesthesia