A review of the impact of obstetric anesthesia on maternal and neonatal outcomes

Grace Lim*, Francesca L. Facco, Naveen Nathan, Jonathan H. Waters, Cynthia A. Wong, Holger K. Eltzschig

*Corresponding author for this work

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Obstetric anesthesia has evolved over the course of its history to encompass comprehensive aspects of maternal care, ranging from cesarean delivery anesthesia and labor analgesia to maternal resuscitation and patient safety. Anesthesiologists are concerned with maternal and neonatal outcomes, and with preventing and managing complications that may present during childbirth. The current review will focus on recent advances in obstetric anesthesia, including labor anesthesia and analgesia, cesarean delivery anesthesia and analgesia, the effects of maternal anesthesia on breastfeeding and fever, and maternal safety. The impact of these advances on maternal and neonatal outcomes is discussed. Past and future progress in this field will continue to have significant implications on the health of women and children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)192-215
Number of pages24
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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