No matter which category you fall into, it is important to know how anesthesia and pain relief are used in labor and delivery. Remember, no two women experience childbirth quite the same, so it is important to keep your options open. Only you will know the level of pain you're experiencing, so you should never feel guilty about asking for pain relief.
Most women fall into one of three categories with regard to using anesthesia during childbirth:
- Those who are quite certain they will want pain relief.
- Those who are unsure of their pain relief options.
- Those who prefer to give birth without any pain relief.
Anesthesia Care Team has provided the obstetrical anesthesia and pain relief services at Munroe Regional Medical Center since 1986. Their primary concern is for the health and wellbeing of the mother and child, while making childbirth a positive experience. A common form of anesthetic used during childbirth is an epidural. An epidural is an elective procedure and insurance coverage for this procedure varies. Epidural charges are invoiced separately from Munroe Regional Medical Center charges. Therefore, Anesthesia Care Team may require a deposit prior to delivery. Medicaid is accepted by Anesthesia Care Team. Anesthesia Care Team's financial counselor is available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., by calling Act One Billing, Inc. at (352) 237-0509.
The better prepared you are for labor and delivery, the more rewarding the birth experience will be. Discuss your anesthesia and pain relief options with your physician and/or member of the Anesthesia Care Team.