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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

Upcoming Meetings

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May 14-18, 2014
Sheraton Toronto City Centre
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

For more information on the hotel, click here.

For more information about Toronto, click here.

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March 11-15, 2015
Grand Hyatt Hotel
San Francisco, California

Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship

The Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship was approved by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in 2011. At Anesthesiology 2011 in Chicago an informal meeting of Obstetric Anesthesiology Program Directors and other interested parties was held in order to review the process for applying for, and receiving ACGME accreditation for fellowship programs. The following PowerPoint presentations were made and discussed by those in attendance.

- Agenda
- Update on ACGME Accreditation and Program Requirements
- What it Means to be a Program Director
- OB Fellowship Program Requirement Overview
- Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship Companion Document

Open Anesthesia lecture series for fellows

February 2014: Pamela Flood - How Can We Study Labor Pain?

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.





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Anesthesia & Analgesia, The Official Journal of SOAP
Anesthesia & Analgesia is the official journal of SOAP.  Visit the A&A website
View the latest articles on obstetric anesthesiology

President’s Welcome Letter

Welcome to the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP)! We are the largest organization of obstetric anesthesiologists, obstetricians, neonatologists and other obstetric anesthesia-related health care professionals in North America. SOAP is dedicated to maternal and neonatal safety and quality of healthcare. Our members are equally devoted to welcoming, encouraging, and fostering the careers of obstetric anesthesiologists and others related to the field.

We just returned from our Annual Meeting in San Juan Puerto Rico where Vilma Ortiz did an wonderful job as our meeting host. As always the SOAP meeting conveyed a feeling of warmth and a sense of family as we all caught up with each other’s lives. We learned a lot from the outstanding mix of lectures, lively debates, clinical fora, and panel discussions. We were happy to welcome a record number of trainees to our annual Residents’ Forum. And the science just couldn’t be beat: Over 200 research and case report abstracts! I hope you will consider joining us at our 46th Annual Meeting in Toronto May 14-18, 2014.

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Barbara M. Scavone, MD
SOAP President