St. David's HealthCare

St. David's HealthCare is one of the largest health systems in Texas and Austin's third-
largest private employer, with more than 60 sites throughout Central Texas, including
seven hospitals, four urgent care centers, four ambulatory surgery centers, and two
freestanding emergency departments, with a third set to open in Bastrop this summer.

St. David's HealthCare has a long history of serving the residents of Central Texas
with exceptional medical care. Our 7,500 employees touch over 858,000 lives each
year with a spirit of warmth, friendliness and personal pride.


Regardless of the type of birth experience you have envisioned, we strongly recommend that you educate yourself on the type of anesthesia available during labor and delivery. No two women experience childbirth in the same way, so it is important to keep your pain relief options open and not be afraid to ask for relief if needed.

Types of Obstetrical Anesthesia

The ideal anesthetic will provide you with enough pain relief to allow you to deliver your baby with minimal pain while still participating in the experience. There are several forms of anesthesia administered during labor and delivery, and they may be used independently or in conjunction with one another.

  • Local Anesthesia - a series of local injections that can increase comfort during delivery and during suturing, if needed
  • Sedation - narcotics or tranquilizers administered as an injection or intravenously to help reduce pain and ease anxiety
  • Spinal Block - similar to an epidural in that it is delivered through the small of the back into the spinal canal, but its affects are felt much faster
  • Epidural - an anesthetic delivered through a tiny tube, called a catheter, placed in the small of the back. Its tip is just outside the spinal canal. An epidural generally allows women to participate fully in the birth experience while relieving most, if not all, of the pain of labor
  • General Anesthesia - generally this type of anesthesia, in which the mom is rendered unconscious, is used only if an emergency arises during labor or delivery

It is important to note that epidurals and spinal blocks cannot be used if you:

  • Use blood thinners
  • Are hemorrhaging or are in shock
  • Have an infection in the back or in the blood
  • Have an unusual anatomic condition or spinal abnormality

What Your Anesthesiologist Should Know

In order for your anesthesiologist to determine which type of anesthesia is best for you and your baby, it is important to inform him or her of the following:

  • Food and beverage consumption during the previous 12 hours
  • History of breathing difficulties after anesthesia
  • History of lower back problems
  • Family history of high fevers with anesthesia
  • Respiratory problems such as asthma or bronchitis
  • illness such as a cold or the flu
  • Special medical conditions such as cardiac disease or diabetes

Pre-Register for Your Delivery

Expectant mothers can save time and preregister for their upcoming delivery. Click here to start your preregistration process.

Take A Tour

Advanced registration for the Maternal-Child tour is not required. Tours are offered every Tuesday and Thursday at 4 pm and every Saturday at 4 pm. Please enter through the Medical Tower/Women’s Center entrance of the hospital. For questions regarding tours please call 512-341-6464.


  • Labor and Delivery
  • Cesarean Sections
  • Anesthesia
  • Postpartum Care
  • Nursery
  • Neonatal ICU
  • Lactation Support
  • Hospital Admissions
  • Family Education

Maternity and Newborn Services at St. David's HealthCare

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St. David's Round Rock Medical Center
2400 Round Rock Ave.
Round Rock, TX 78681
Telephone: (512) 341-1000
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