Obstetrical Anesthesia

Dr. Indu Singh
Program Director

The Obstetrical Anesthesia Program at Western University is housed in the Grace Donnelly Women's and Children's Health Pavilion, at London Health Sciences Centre, Victoria Hospital. The Obstetrical Anesthesia Subspecialty group cooperatively focuses their efforts on patient care, teaching, and research in the level 3 (tertiary) Obstetrical Care Unit (OBCU). 

The Obstetrical Care Unit comprises a 21 bed Antenatal unit, 16 private Labour Birthing Recovery Rooms, 4 Operative Birthing Rooms as well as a 5-bay Post Anesthetic Care Unit. The OBCU accommodates both low-risk and high-risk pregnant women.

The core resident rotations through the Obestetrical Unit include two residents most often assigned during each rotation block. In addition to core Western University trainees, there were also residents from other Canadian institutions, as well as international trainees that chose to come to London for elective experience in obstetrical anesthesia.

The Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University offers a one-year, Clinical Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowship based at Victoria Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre in London, Ontario, Canada. More information on the program can be found here: Obstetrical Anesthesia Fellowship Program 

Multiple research projects in the program are ongoing, with abstracts presented at CAS, SOAP, and ASA annual meetings by our faculty and fellows.  Our research is often featured in journals such as the International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesiology, Bioethics, as well as in book chapters.

London Health Sciences Centre’s Women’s Care Program at Victoria Hospital is the first in Canada to be designated as a Centre of Excellence by the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP) for providing safe, effective, and evidence-based Obstetric Anesthesia care.

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