Last reviewed 01/2018

Possible indications for the use of general anaesthesia in childbirth include :-

  • caesarian section when a regional technique is contra-indicated.
  • situations where full uterine relaxation is required eg correction of transverse lie by intrauterine manipulation, breech extraction.
  • when manual extraction of the placenta is required.
  • if it is undesirable for humane reasons that the patient remains conscious during delivery eg of a deformed infant.