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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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Grand Hyatt Hotel
San Francisco, California

March 10-13, 2016

 For more information on the hotel, click here.


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May 18-22, 2016
Seaport Boston Hotel
Boston, Massachusetts

For more information on the hotel, click here.


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Grand Hyatt Washington
Washington, D.C.

November 4-6, 2016

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Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship

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

A listing of available fellowships can be found in the clinician education section.

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

Open Anesthesia Lecture Series for Fellows

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Upcoming Lectures:

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

November 11, 2015: Jaime Allison Aaronson, M.D., Weill Cornell - Hypotension Post Spinal for CD

December 9, 2015: Medge Owen, M.D., Wake Forest - Global Health

January 13, 2016: Lesley Gilbertson, M.D., University of Cincinnati - Trauma During Preganacy

February 10, 2016: Michael Richardson, M.D., Vanderbilt - Severe Fetal Anomalies & Death

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.

Safety Action Series

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Building the SOAP Brand through Partnership

The MISSION of SOAP is to improve pregnancy-related outcomes of women and neonates through the support of obstetric anesthesiology research, the provision of education to its members, other providers, and pregnant women, and the promotion of excellence in clinical anesthetic care.

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Manny Vallejo, MD, DMD
SOAP President