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Table 2 Recommended versus actual anesthesia/analgesia provided for labor and delivery, 2010–2015

From: Concurrent medical conditions among pregnant women - ignore at their peril: report from an antenatal anesthesia clinic

Anesthesia performed for labor and delivery No limitations (N = 108) Neuraxial block recommended (N = 29) Neuraxial block contraindicated (N = 8) General anesthesia (N = 15) Depends on lab/status (N = 35)
Neuraxial block performed 87 (81.3%) 27 (93.1%) 1 (12.5%) 0 22 (47.8%)
Nitrous oxide/Intravenous analgesia performed 1 (0.9%) 0 0 0 2 (4.3%)
General anesthesia performed 4 (3.7%) 1 (3.4%) 4 (50.0%) 13 (86.7%) 5 (10.9%)
No anesthesia/Analgesia performed 16 (15.0%) 1 (0.0%) 3 (37.5%) 2 (13.3%) 6 (13.0%)
  1. For 63 women the labor analgesia/anesthesia received was not known