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Guthertz concerned with lack of epidurals at GMH

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SEN. Judi Guthertz has sent a letter expressing her concerns about the allegations that Guam Memorial Hospital has been withholding the option for epidural service to women in labor. Guthertz said she finds these management decisions “disturbing,” “highly unethical,” and “discriminatory” to women. 

The senator urged GMH interim Administrator Rey Vega’s management team “to revisit the decision and make it standard GMHA policy” to make the epidural service available upon the request of the birthing mother. She stated, “Epidurals should not be withheld or made unavailable.”

In the letter, Guthertz also highlighted the position made by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Society of Anesthesiologists, which states that in the absence of a medical contraindication, maternal request is a sufficient medical indication for pain relief during labor.

“I hope that the GMHA management team can appreciate and understand the seriousness of this matter. Women in labor ought to, as should all patients in Guam, expect the very best of acceptable medical standards from their only public hospital,” Guthertz stated.

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