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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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SOAP Media Award

The goal of the SOAP Media Award is to acknowledge the contribution of a member of the media in furthering public awareness of the important role obstetric anesthesiology plays in the care of the parturient.

Journalists, photographers, producers, directors and any other media professionals involved in the development and advancement of the above content will be considered.  All relevant media genres including but not limited to print, radio, television and the internet are eligible.  The award is given for merit, and may not be awarded every year. Any SOAP member wishing to submit a candidate for consideration should send relevant information to May Pian-Smith of the SOAP Awards Committee.

Isabella EpiuNew Vision: "Prioritise anaesthesia on the health agenda", Nov 12, 2015

Previous recipients:  

  • 2015
    Linda Ciampa, CNN: “The Gentle Cesarean: More Like A Birth Than An Operation”, Jan 28, 2015
  • 2014
    Dana Kozlov, WBBM-TV, Chicago: “Mother dies while delivering baby- and lives to tell about it”, Dec 17, 2013

  • 2013
    Kevin Pho, M.D. and Craig Palmer, M.D., “Obstetrics anesthesiologists not only relieve pain, they save lives", June 30, 2012
  • 2012
    Melinda Wenner Moyer, “The truth about epidurals” Slate Magazine, Jan. 11, 2012
  • 2011
    Roni Caryn Rabin, "In Labor, a Snack or a Sip?" New York Times, Jan 26, 2010
  • 2010
    Larry Hatteberg, Hatteberg's People, for "From Goddard to Ghana:  A Woman's Journey", KAKE ABC Channel 10   
  • 2008
    Kathryn J. Alexander, Co-Author, “Easy Labor”, and prominent pregnancy and parenting journalist.
  • 2005
    Cynthia Wong, MD and William Camann, MD, for Today Show appearance (with Katie Couric) regarding Dr. Wong’s study on epidurals in early labor.
  • 1999
    Rachel Ward, the Australian actress, for her piece “Maternity Ward”, describing her own childbirth experience. See more here.