In this video, Dr. David Sherer, anesthesiologist and author of Bottom Line’s What Your Doctor Isn’t Telling You blog, lists some questions that pregnant women should ask their anesthesiologists prior to delivery. First, how much experience does the anesthesiologist have with epidural injections? Dr. Sherer suggests that 150 to 200 prior injections indicate an experienced anesthesiologist. Next, how often will the patient be visited by anesthesia staff to manage pain? Finally, Dr. Sherer discusses some of the potential complications of epidurals, as well as other options that pregnant women have for pain relief during labor and delivery.

David Sherer, MD, is an American physician, inventor, and author. He currently practices anesthesiology in the suburbs of Washington D.C. and is a tireless advocate for hospitalized patients. For more great tips from Dr. Sherer, check out his other videos and Bottom Line blog “What Your Doctor Isn’t Telling You.”

For more with Dr. Sherer, click here for his podcast and video interviews, or purchase his memoir, The House of Black and White: My Life with and Search for Louise Johnson Morris.