Information and concerns about obstetric anesthesia: A survey of 320 obstetric patients

Y. Beilin, M. A. Rosenblatt, C. A. Bodian, M. M. Lagmay-Aroesty, H. H. Bernstein

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This study was undertaken to assess women's knowledge and concerns about obstetric anesthesia and to determine if they perceive a need for an anesthesia interview before the onset of labor. A 17 item questionnaire was distributed to 407 women on postpartum day one. The women were questioned about their knowledge, anxiety and concerns regarding obstetric anesthesia. The questionnaire was completed by 320 women, 57% of whom were Caucasian and 28% of whom had some postgraduate education. Most of the women (74%) had either a regional or general anesthetic for their delivery and 86% of the women admitted to having some anxiety about anesthesia. Although 82% of the women attempted to obtain information about anesthesia before labor, 28% did not feel adequately informed. The majority (59%) of the women would have wanted a preoperative visit with an anesthesiologist before labor. These results illustrate that most women are anxious about obstetric anesthesia and do not feel adequately prepared. Efforts at educating women about obstetric anesthesia would be welcomed by them and methods to accomplish this goal are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-151
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1996


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