American Society of Anesthesiologists’ Anesthesiology 2012
Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012; 9:10 AM -10:00 AM
Location: 146C
Session Track: Obstetric Anesthesia (OB)

This RCL (given in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 to date) reviews the effects of obstetric anesthesia on the baby. Topics discussed include: teratogenicity of anesthetic agents, overview of fetal/neonatal brain toxicity of general anesthetics, effect of regional anesthesia on maternal fever and possible fetal brain injury, and effect of labor epidural analgesia on breastfeeding success.

Learning Objectives:
1) State the effects of general and regional anesthetics on fetal development and the fetal brain.
2) Explain the areas of uncertainty regarding these effects.

Scott Segal, M.D.
Tufts Medical Center Anesthesia Department, Boston, MA