Anesthesia and Pain Control Options

Obstetric anesthesiologists at Stanford Children’s Health provide a complete range of pain relief options. While you make the appropriate choices specific to your needs, we intricately balance your safety and possible side effects as we customize your analgesia (pain relief) and anesthesia. We are constantly researching innovations and techniques to improve every woman’s labor and delivery experience, and we make sure that our patients receive the latest options as soon as they become available. For example, we routinely use very low concentrations of epidural medications (i.e., ultralight epidurals) to avoid excessive numbness in your legs, which enables effective pushing during the delivery process. We also offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and other safe and proven labor pain relief options, some of which are available at only a few select hospitals across the nation.