Montefiore provides a full range of obstetric and gynecological services, and specialized care in high-risk obstetrics for women with medical conditions that could complicate pregnancy, including heart problems, high blood pressure, diabetes, advanced maternal age or multiple births.
The hospital's 24-hour in-house obstetric anesthesiologists are key members of the labor and delivery team. They are involved in providing analgesia during labor, anesthesia for cesarean deliveries, and pain relief after surgery. The obstetric anesthesia service has a clinic for patients with complex medical problems to help coordinate a care plan appropriate for each patient. A multidisciplinary patient safety team that includes obstetric anesthesiologists, obstetricians, neonatalogists, nurses, a safety officer and a nurse manager actively monitors quality of care to help ensure safety and improve treatment protocols. The anesthesiologists' close working relationships with their colleagues have an important impact on patient safety, one of Montefiore's distinguishing characteristics.
Obstetric anesthesiologists educate women about pain relief options during vaginal deliveries and cesarean sections. Their presence is especially crucial in informing patients who have cardiac or pulmonary problems about the options and risks associated with different types of anesthesia. The anesthesia team is prepared to take care of women with a range of medical problems and works in concert with other specialists to ensure that the anesthetic plan is optimal. They focus on helping a woman achieve the type of pain relief that meets her particular circumstances, and they always individualize their care approach.
Obstetric anesthesiology is a demanding field, one that continues to evolve with the latest technologies and treatments. Montefiore will continue to push the boundaries of care and elevate the standards of practice through our commitment to patient safety, our drive for clinical excellence, and our pursuit of research that can help advance this unique discipline.