Definition & Scope
Obstetric anesthesiology is the subspecialty of anesthesiology devoted to the comprehensive anesthetic management, perioperative care, and pain management of women during pregnancy & the puerperium.
The subspecialist in obstetric anesthesiology, upon completion of training, shall have the knowledge & expertise to:
- Provide anesthesia care for the full spectrum of pregnant women requiring anesthesia care, particularly those with complicated medical & obstetric conditions, for all types of obstetric, surgical, therapeutic and diagnostic interventions;
- Perform resuscitation, pain management, and critical care specific to pregnant women;
- Serve as a consultant to other generalist anesthesiologists, obstetricians, pediatricians, and nurses and critical care medicine physicians;
- Develop new knowledge & techniques for the anesthetic care of the pregnant woman;
- Train future generations of generalists and sub-specialists in obstetric anesthesiology;
- To develop, implement, and manage obstetric anesthesiology clinical & educational programs.