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Division of Obstetric Anesthesia

The Division of Obstetric Anesthesia at The University of New Mexico School of Medicine's Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine provides anesthesia services for patients at UNM Hospital who are in the stages of labor and delivery. The division is comprised of anesthesiologists with specialized training and experience in obstetric anesthesia.

We provide pain relief options for patients admitted for vaginal delivery, cesarean delivery, or other obstetric procedures. We also coordinate care and evaluation for pregnant patients with high risk pregnancies or multiple medical conditions that may affect delivery. Our goal is to provide a safe and comfortable birthing experience for women at UNM Hospital.

Specialized Care

In addition to caring for women who are about to give birth, residents work with state-of-the-art equipment to make their birthing experience as painless as possible.

Caring for women traveling to UNM Hospital from all over the state and region, residents rotate through the mandatory obstetric anesthesiology rotations in their CA1 and CA2 years. They are also offered the option of an advanced, three-month, subspecialty track in obstetric anesthesia. The educational program is offered by our faculty in the form of one-on-one clinical teaching and didactic lectures. The residents become proficient in various anesthetic techniques such as:

  • Epidural
  • Spinal
  • Combined spinal-epidural analgesia and anesthesia

Obstetric Anesthesia

We provide labor analgesia both for complicated deliveries and uncomplicated births upon request. A dedicated team of an experienced obstetric anesthesiologist and a well-trained resident is present on the Labor and Delivery ward at all times to provide specialized care to women in labor. We provide labor analgesia using the latest technology so our patients can enjoy the flexibility of patient controlled epidural analgesia.

Labor and Delivery, a state-of-the-art facility, is located in the new wing of the hospital. There are three operating rooms within the unit. We regularly provide anesthesia for cesarean deliveries and other pregnancy and labor-related surgeries. We see and provide consultation for complicated patients on a regular basis and have the expertise to handle difficult cases and emergencies. In collaboration with the high-risk maternity team, we take care of the patients with the most complex symptoms.

UNM is a tertiary referral center. The 24-bed Newborn Intensive Care Unit, which is capable of caring for critically ill or premature infants, is located next to Labor and Delivery.