The section of Obstetric Anesthesia in the Department of Anesthesiology at Loyola University Medical Center offers its dedicated service to obstetric patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Located in the Russo Pavilion, the Labor and Delivery Suite has 7 birthing rooms, 6 critical care beds and 2 operating rooms, all equipped with sophisticated state-of-the-art monitors, amenities and best of all, experienced, compassionate and friendly healthcare providers. Loyola obstetric service is specialized in both normal and high-risk pregnancies. Obstetric anesthesia care providers work collaboratively with their obstetric colleagues to provide the best optimum care to these parturients. The total number of deliveries at Loyola is more than 1,200 per year. Obstetric anesthesia is provided in the care of approximately 80-90 percent of these patients, in an array of typical labor epidural or combined spinal-epidural analgesia for vaginal deliveries in normal parturients and complex anesthetic care in complicated high-risk obstetric patients, such as those with pre-eclampsia/eclampsia, cardiac disease or multiple gestations. A high-risk parturient can be referred in advance by her obstetrician for an obstetric anesthesia consult as part of multi-disciplinary approach. In addition, an obstetric anesthesia faculty member regularly attends the scheduled educational birthing classes for expecting mothers and their spouses, in order to educate them about labor analgesia through video presentation and interactive question/answer sessions. Furthermore, once admitted onto the Labor and Delivery suite, the patient is visited by obstetric anesthesia staff and has an opportunity to discuss about the options for labor analgesia and anesthetic care. This care can be tailored by the individual patient's desires and needs.
In summary, with the state-of-the-art facility, latest medical advances and the expertise of our faculty and staff, Loyola Obstetric Anesthesia offers a complete anesthetic care for both normal parturients and most complex high-risk parturients.