Racial and ethnic disparities in obstetric anesthesia

Elizabeth M.S. Lange, Suman Rao, Paloma Toledo*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Racial and ethnic disparities are prevalent within healthcare and have persisted despite advances in medicine and public health. Disparities have been described in the use of neuraxial labor analgesia, with minority women being less likely to use neuraxial labor analgesia than non-minority white women. Minority women are also more likely to have a general anesthetic for cesarean delivery than non-minority women. The origins of these disparities are likely multi-factorial, with patient-, provider-, and systems-level contributors. The purpose of this article is to give an overview of disparities in obstetric anesthesia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)293-298
Number of pages6
JournalSeminars in Perinatology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Aug 2017


  • Disparities
  • Obstetric anesthesia
  • Regional anesthesia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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