SOAP Stats Presidents Message

April 2024

Dear SOAP Members, 

Our much-anticipated annual meeting in Denver, “Focusing on the patient: Improving individual outcomes and experiences” is here! We have more meeting registrants than any year in SOAP history, and we expect more to register on site. Prepare yourselves for an unparalleled spectrum of educational opportunities, research highlights, networking prospects, and the chance to rekindle old friendships and forge new connections. Additionally, we encourage you to explore the invaluable support of our corporate sponsors, many of whom will be sponsoring social events throughout the conference.

As always, there is a lot happening at SOAP with our incredibly engaged committees, subcommittees, task forces, and SIGs. Some of our latest activities are described in this message, and you can find more information and details at

Safe and smooth travels to all who are traveling to Denver for the Annual meeting!

May Pian-Smith, MD 

President, Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology 


To date, there are 51 SOAP State Representatives, and we continue to work towards securing a representative from each state.  SOAP State Representatives will provide a key contact in each state to help us reach a broader audience, as SOAP strives to meet its mission to provide safe and equitable care for women and newborns everywhere. If you know someone who is interested in becoming a SOAP State Representative, please contact SOAP HQ.  


Annual Meeting and Live Events Committee 

The 2024 Annual Meeting is being held May 1-5, 2024, in Denver, Colorado.  

Hotel Information: Your registration confirmation email will include the reservation link to book a room. 

Abstract notifications went out last month. View the abstract submissions webpage for presenter information.

If you are unable to join us in Denver, the 2024 Annual Virtual Highlights will be held June 10 & 11.  Registrants can access the curated lectures from the 2024 Annual Meeting on June 10 & 11 or watch the recording later at their leisure (thru Dec. 31, 2024) and earn CME.  Pre-registration is required.  

Future Meetings

Education Committee 

Two Spanish Episodes of the Painless Push Podcast came out April 2 and April 15.

  • Spanish Title: Información sobre problemas relacionados con un epidural en un embarazo anterior y que debo saber en caso de que una cesárea sea necesaria
    English Title: Common Questions Related to Previous Epidural Experiences and What Should I know in Case a Cesarean Delivery is Needed
  • Preguntas Comunes sobre la Anestesia Epidural/What to Know About Epidurals

Fellows Webinar was held April 10 at 3pm ET hosted by Dr. Jaime Daly and Dr. Emily Naoum, featuring Dr. Bushra Taha: Obstetric Risk Stratification: Triumphs and Tribulations

The SOAP Patient Education Subcommittee published new infographics:

  • Enhanced Recovery After Cesarean Delivery (ERAC) Information for Patients
  • Headaches after Child Birth from Epidural or Spinal

Diversity Committee 

Diversity & Inclusivity Award nomination period closed. The winner will be announced at the Annual Meeting. 

Diversity & Inclusivity Mentored Grants application period closed. The winner will be announced at the Annual Meeting. 

Governance Committee 

Call for Committee interest is open and closes on May 10. 

Intersociety Committee  

Applications are closed for the Centers of Excellence (COE). Designees were announced at the Annual Business Meeting and will be celebrated again at the Annual Meeting in Denver. 

The SOAP Speaks! database has launched! Access the database to view vetted SOAP members who are enthusiastic to share their expertise and passion on a variety of topics.

The SOAP/Kybele International Outreach Grant application period closed April 9. The International Outreach Subcommittee is reviewing applications.

Member Value Committee 

Join one of the fifteen Special Interest Groups (SIGs). To see a full list of the Special Interest Groups visit the SOAP website

SOAP Fundamentals will be held September 14 & 21, 2024.  

Save the date for the Fall Forum: November 16 & 17, 2024. 

SOAP Spring 2024 Newsletter was published April 19.

Research Committee  

Research Network Symposium will be held May 4, 2024 in conjunction with the SOAP 2024 Annual Meeting in Denver. 

Finance Committee 

Combined net assets for SOAP and the SOAP Endowment were $5.7M as of February 29, 2024. 

Shop the newly launched SOAP Swag online store featuring SOAP branded merchandise. 

SOAP Headquarters 

Log into the SOAP Community! We’re happy to invite you to join the NEW official SOAP online community platform at TradeWing! The new platform has many of the features members requested.  

  • Add [email protected] to your safe sender's list so you can receive announcements from SOAP Community. 
  • View the full list of features and frequently asked questions.