Welcome to Epidoula.
I’m an obstetric anesthesiologist who has been practicing for more than 20 years.
Through the years I’ve had the chance to take care of all kinds of women. Healthy women, very sick women. Excited women, and frightened women. Angry women, and joyful women. Wealthy women and very poor women. I’ve had the pleasure of working with the most dedicated, talented, professional, and skilled caretakers in one of the country’s best hospitals. These caretakers include physicians, nurses, nurse midwives, lay midwives, doulas, and even the administrators of our hospital.
Each of us has a history and our own belief about how best to care for women who are pregnant. We all are entitled to our beliefs. In my reading about pregnancy and parturition, though, I’ve encountered people who chose to dispense erroneous information about the care the “medical establishment” provides its patients. Some of this information is inflammatory, and obviously bent on frightening women into believing that the “system” is more evil than good.
My intention in creating this blog is to provide the best information that I can about the process and politics of parturition to women and their partners from this anesthesiologist’s point of view. I hope it will be received with an open mind by those who might have a different opinion than I have, and that it will represent well the point of view of those who share my beliefs.
This blog is called the Epidoula because I believe that as much as it is important to provide the physical relief of pain via epidurals to women in labor, it also is important that laboring women have the emotional and physical support of professionals who have traditionally been called doulas. Nurses, and midwives also can be considered doulas, but the doula embodies the soul of the caretaker who is there to lend the laboring women her support.
I hope this blog will be helpful and provide peace and understanding of anesthesiologists’ contribution to the birth process.