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The primary purpose of the SOAP Endowment Fund (formerly OAPEF) is to create funding for educational endeavors in obstetric anesthesia.

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Welcome to SOAP!

Celebrating Over 150 Years of Obstetric Anesthesia

The Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP) was founded in 1968 to provide a forum for discussion of problems unique to the peripartum period. SOAP is comprised of anesthesiologists, obstetricians, pediatricians, and basic scientists who share an interest in the care of the pregnant patient and the newborn.

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A membership in SOAP is an opportunity to meet people who share your interests, and to stimulate improvements in health care for pregnant patients.

Benefits of SOAP Membership

  • Learn new skills, techniques, and methods of safe care
  • Access the SOAP directory of members, previous meeting files, newsletters, and supplements
  • Access American College of Obstetricians and Gynecology documents
  • Reduced subscription rates to Obstetric Anesthesia Digest
  • Subscription to IJOA included with membership*
  • Reduced registration fees for SOAP sponsored meetings
  • Meet others in OB anesthesia practice for advice and counsel

*Anesthesia & Analgesia is the Official Journal of SOAP. In addition, SOAP is affiliated with IJOA with free electronic access for SOAP members.

Upcoming Meetings

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May 13-17, 2015
The Broadmoor
Colorado Springs, CO

For more information on the hotel, click here.

For more information about Colorado Springs, click here.

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March 12-15, 2015
Grand Hyatt Hotel
San Francisco, California

Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship

SOAP is pleased to announce the first NRMP Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship Match!

More information can be found on the Anesthesiology Match website under Obstetric Anesthesiology.

Open Anesthesia Lecture Series for Fellows

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Upcoming Lectures:

March 11, 2015: A. Tonidandel, M.D., Wake Forest - Obstetric Emergency Drills

April 8, 2015: Rebecca Minehart, M.D., Massachusetts General Hospital - Liver Disease in Pregnancy

May 20, 2015: Susan Izatt, M.D., Duke University - Neonatal Transition

June 10, 2015: Lisa Leffert, M.D., Massachusetts General Hospital - Neurologic Disorders or Substance Abuse

July 8, 2015: Patricia Dalby, M.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine - PONV

August 12, 2015: Mark Zakowski, M.D., Cedars-Sinai-Medicolegal Considerations

September 9, 2015: Daria Moaveni, M.D., U of Miami - Antepartum Fetal Assessment 

October 14, 2015: Daria Moaveni, M.D., U of Miami - Intrapartum Fetal Assessment

SOAP Fellow Blog

A SOAP fellow blog has been created as a means for Fellowship Program Directors to share thoughts and ideas as the initial Program Information Forms (PIFs) are submitted to the ACGME.

Please contact Dr. Michael Froelich at if you would like to be added to the blog.

Council on Patient Safety in Women's Healthcare

Formed in late 2011, the Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care brings partner and subspecialty organizations in Women’s Health Care together with representative industry organizations with the central goal of improving health care for all women.

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President’s Welcome Letter

  Welcome to the Society of Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology, a group of like-minded individuals who share the common goal of advancing the care of the pregnant patient and neonate.  Members consist of anesthesiologists, anesthetists, obstetricians, and neonatologists.  The society sponsors two meetings, the Annual Meeting which is held during the late spring with the goal to meet to share research interests and clinical updates, and the Sol Shnider meeting which is always held in March with the goal to provide the most up to date information for the practicing clinician. 

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Robert R. Gaiser, M.D.
SOAP President