Ask About A Nurse Anesthetist

You may know you want an anesthetic for your labor, but did you know that it's not always a doctor who does the work? Here's some information from the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.
Jennifer Newton Reents

  • Nurse anesthetists have been providing anesthesia care in the United States for more than 100 years.

  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are anesthesia specialists. They administer approximately 65% of the 26 million anesthetics given to patients each year in the United States.

  • CRNAs are the sole anesthesia providers in nearly 50% of all hospitals and more than 65% of rural hospitals in the United States, enabling these healthcare facilities to provide obstetrical, surgical and trauma stabilization services.

  • Managed care plans recognize CRNAs for providing high-quality anesthesia care with reduced expense to patients and insurance companies.

    If your hospital or birthing center does not provide a full-time anesthesiologist (or one on staff at all), ask if the facility has a nurse anesthetist who can provide you with pain relief during labor.PregnancyAndBaby.com

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