Most faculty members in the Department of Anesthesiology are involved in the care of Labor and Delivery (L&D) patients, particularly overnight. UCLA anesthesiologists work at both the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (RRUCLAMC) in Westwood Village and the Santa Monica - UCLA Medical Center. The Obstetric Anesthesiology Service includes a handful of faculty members who focus on this area of the field, participating in patient care, teaching, and research.
At the RRUCLAMC, faculty members typically work with and educate UCLA anesthesiology residents. Anesthesiologists remain in the RRUCLAMC around the clock and throughout the year to provide labor analgesia and handle emergencies. In the new Westwood L&D unit, there are 12 rooms for laboring patients alongside a 6 bed fetal diagnostic/triage area and a 13 room maternity suite. We expect an annual volume of 2000+ births/year, including a wide variety of high-risk pregnancies. The majority of laboring women receive labor epidurals from our service, but UCLA offers various pain management therapies for the labor and birth experience and supports each mother’s choices for pharmacologic and/or non-pharmacologic pain management.
UCLA anesthesiology residents will also go elsewhere locally to gain a broader perspective on obstetric anesthesiology, including the Olive View – UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar and Long Beach Memorial Hospital. Residents will spend several weeks in Long Beach, where they will gain valuable experience working in a high volume unit.