Obstetrics Division

  • University of Virginia Resident Tyler Johnson, M.D. with Dr. Ashley Garneau, M.D.

    Dr. Ashley Garneau, M.D. guides Resident Tyler Johnson, M.D. in Obstetrics patient care.

  • University of Virginia Anesthesiologists Mohamed Tiouririne, MD interacts with Ashley Garneau, MD

    Dr. Mohamed Tiouririne, MD converses with resident Dr. Kelsey Savery, MD about a patient.

  • UVA Anesthesiology resident gives an epidural.

    A UVA resident performs a spinal anesthetic on their OB rotation under Dr. Sachin Mehta's (MD) supervision.

  • University of Virginia Anesthesiologist Jessica Sheeran heads to see her patient in the OR.

    Anesthesiologist Jessica Sheeran, MD heads to see her Obstetrics patient in the OR.

  • University of Virginia Anesthesiology Dr. Ashley Garneau M.D. and Dr. Gilmore

    Dr. Ashley Garneau, MD discusses a case with UVA Dr. Taylor Gilmore, MD.


The Obstetrics Division is located within the Anesthesiology Department at the University of Virginia (UVA) Medical Center, a quaternary care center. The obstetric service receives approximately 200 maternal transfers per year from a large catchment area. Currently there are approximately 2,000 deliveries per year at UVA, with a mix of complex high risk and low-risk patients.

The majority of patients presenting in labor choose to receive neuraxial labor analgesia for pain control (epidural and/or spinal analgesia). Non-neuraxial pain control options are also readily available for those patients that desire them, such as nitrous oxide analgesia, patient controlled intravenous analgesia, and truncal nerve block analgesia. Anesthesiology services for obstetric patients are on site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

A Message from the Division Chief

University of Virginia Sachin H. Mehta, M.D., Anesthesiology, Obstetrics Division Chief

Sachin H. Mehta, M.D., Division Chief

The Division of Obstetric Anesthesia at the University of Virginia Hospital provides comprehensive, cutting edge care to our obstetric patients. UVA qualifies as a Level IV Regional Perinatal Health Care Center. AT UVA Hospital we provide medical and surgical care for most complex maternal conditions and critically ill pregnant women and fetuses throughout antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum.

UVA is one of the few centers in the region to consistently appear on the Leapfrog Group’s Best Maternity Hospitals list, and is one of only 8 facilities in the state to achieve the Baby-Friendly facility designation.

Our seven obstetric anesthesia faculty consists of individuals with diverse intellectual backgrounds, with a common commitment to optimal care of the pregnant patient. All are board certified anesthesiologists with extensive experience in obstetric anesthesia and genuine dedication to education and innovation. Most members of our division faculty have completed specialized fellowships in Obstetric Anesthesia.

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