CRNAs: Providing Comfort, Care, and Compassion During Labor and Delivery

– [Narrator] For first time moms, childbirth is the great unknown. Labor can last for hours
and pain management is key. When Eva and her husband Alex
learned that Eva was pregnant, they started doing their research. The couple came across a magazine article about a certified registered
nurse anesthetist caring for a couple going through an especially challenging childbirth. From the article, they learned
CRNAs are highly educated and trained advanced practice nurses. They administer more than 49
million anesthetics each year and provide care for
every type of procedure where anesthesia is required
including labor and delivery. In 2018, 71% of pregnant
women used an epidural and other forms of regional
pain relieving methods during childbirth. A CRNA will work with Eva’s care team to determine the best course
of action to mitigate pain. The most common method of pain relief for a traditional childbirth is epidural and spinal analgesia. This technique will
significantly reduce pain but will allow Eva to have
the experience of childbirth. Other options include pain
relief through the administration of narcotics or sedatives
and general anesthesia for cesarean sections. No matter how pain is mitigated
or anesthesia administered, a CRNA will provide comfort,
care, and compassion during the birth of Eva
and Alex’s first child. To learn more about anesthesia care and certified registered
nurse anesthetists, visit our website

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