As an OB/GYN and parent I find the FDA’s statement on anesthesia risks offensive. Here’s why.

Dr. Jen Gunter

imagesThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a warning regarding the potential dangers of anesthesia in pregnancy and for young children. Specifically that “repeated or lengthy use of general anesthetic and sedation drugs during surgeries or procedures in children younger than 3 years or in pregnant women during their third trimester may affect the development of children’s brains.” The FDA did not involve the American Congress of OB/GYN (ACOG) with this statement. You can read the full FDA statement here and ACOG’s response here.

As a woman who had some of these drugs in my late second trimester, as a parent of a child who needed anesthesia three times before the age of three, and as an OB/GYN who has cared for pregnant women who needed prolonged anesthesia because of horrific circumstances I say to the FDA hey thanks for making a difficult situation worse.

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