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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*
  • Reduced subscription rates to IJOA*
  • 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 OAD and IJOA.

Upcoming Meetings

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March 8-11, 2018
Grand Hyatt Hotel
San Francisco, CA


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Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Loews Miami Beach Hotel
Miami, FL


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May 9-13, 2018
Loews Miami Beach Hotel
Miami, FL


Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship

A listing of available fellowships can be found in the Clinician Education section.

Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship Application


Open Anesthesia Lecture Series for Fellows

Click here for past lectures.

Upcoming Lectures:

February 14th, 2018: Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Pregnancy with Jennifer Dominguez, M.D., MHS

March 14th, 2018: Anticoagulation: Guidelines & Decision-Making with Shane Reeves, M.D.


Why Obstetric Anesthesiology is the Next Frontier in Medicine

Cesar Padilla, MD
SOAP Resident Component President
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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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SOAP Presidential Message

The Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP) was founded in 1968 by physician anesthesiologists with a subspecialty interest in the field of obstetric anesthesia and perinatology. This North American, physician-based subspecialty organization has a mission of improving pregnancy-related outcomes of women and neonates through the support of obstetric anesthesiology research, the provision of education, and the promotion of excellence in clinical anesthetic care.

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Brendan Carvalho, MBBCh, FRCA, MDCH
SOAP President