Obstetric Anesthesiology

At Albany Medical Center, the Division of Obstetric Anesthesia is dedicated to the complete care of the obstetric patient. From the low risk healthy patient requesting a delivery with minimal intervention, to the critically ill patient who requires a multidisciplinary team approach, our experts work continuously to provide immediate and constant care.

Our team includes a number of fellowship trained anesthesiologists in obstetric anesthesia, as well as experienced and dedicated nurse anesthetists. Our experts provide a wide range of services to a laboring patient. We provide analgesia with a number of different techniques including epidurals, spinals and combined spinal epidurals allowing patients to be almost instantaneously comfortable. Many patients can walk or move freely during uncomplicated labor and deliveries.

* Diagram from The New England Journal of Medicine

To improve overall care of the obstetric patient, we have worked with the Department of Obstetrics in developing a multidisciplinary approach for the care of the medically complicated high risk patient. We also provide prenatal outpatient consultation with patients to develop anesthesia care plans for high-risk deliveries. Along with our practice of obstetric anesthesia, we have continued to provide care for patients requiring minor gynecologic surgery including dilation and curettage (D&C) to treat uterine issues, such as heavy bleeding, and immediate post partum tubal ligations.

The Division of Obstetric Anesthesia is committed to providing excellence in clinical care and strives to make your delivery a comfortable and rewarding experience.


Dr. Cheryl DeSimone discusses obstetric anesthesia options and techniques.


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