Obstetric Anesthesia – lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic

September – Lifebox hosted a webinar on Best Practice Obstetric Anesthesia during COVID-19 with global experts from Brazil, Ethiopia, India, and Spain to share experiences and discuss lessons learned from providing obstetric anesthesia during the pandemic.Watch the video of the session here in English, French or Spanish and download the webinar presentations below.




  • Dr. Emilia Guasch – Regional anaesthesia for CD and labour analgesia and COVID-19 Coagulopathy Download here
  • Dr. Rediet – Management & Safety for Obstetric Anesthesia during COVID-19 Download here
  • Dr. Manjusha Shah – Safe General Anaesthesia for C Section in Covid 19 Positive Pregnant Patients  Download here
  • Dr. Monica Siaulys – Maintaining Access to obstetric procedures during the pandemic. Download here

The Panel

Chair – Dr. Maurcio Vasco Ramírez  – is an anesthesiologist based at the Universidad CES de Medellín – Colombia. He has a special interest in obstetric anesthesia and is the chairman of obstetric anesthesia of the World Society of Anesthesiology (WFSA).  He is currently the President of S.C.A.R.E – the Colombian society of anesthesia (S.C.A.R.E).




Dr. Manjusha M Shah – is a Consultant Anesthesiologist in Maharashtra India and is based at the Naval Maternity & Nursing Home in Solapur and the Naval Maternity, Endoscopy & Infertility Center in Sion, Mumbai. She has a special area of interest in Obstetric Anesthesia & Analgesia, Anesthesia for Laparoscopic Surgeries. Dr Manjusha is Lifebox faculty for its Safer Anesthesia work and Safe OR workshop.




Dr. Rediet Shimeles Workneh – is an anesthesiologist at Ghandi Memorial Maternity Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Dr Rediet also mentors the Lifebox Fellows as part of Lifebox’s Clean Cut work in Ethiopia. 




Dra Emilia Guasch Arévalo –  is an anesthesiologist working as the Chief in Obstetric Anesthesia at the Hospital Universitario La paz. Madrid. She is also the Vicepresident of the Spanish Society of Anesthesia, Reanimation and Pain Treatment (SEDAR) and member of the WFSA Obstetric Anesthesia Committee


Dr Monica Siaulys – is Director of Anesthesia Department at Hospital e Maternidade Santa Joana in São Paulo, Brazil. Dr Monica Siaulys is also Director of Obstetric Anesthesia at Santa Casa de Misercórdia de São Paulo, an affiliated Hospital  to  Faculdade  de  Medicina  da  Santa  Casa  de  São  Paulo  School  of Medicine.




For questions about the event, email kitty.jenkin@lifebox.org