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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 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. SOAP has grown steadily over five decades, and although the society is primarily comprised of anesthesiologists, the organization encourages membership from obstetricians, neonatologists, basic scientists and other allied health professionals interested in maternal and newborn outcomes. 
SOAP organizes an annual scientific meeting, which is one of the world’s premier venues for presenting obstetric anesthesia and perinatal research. This four day meeting held in May, combines presentations of high quality research with educational didactic programs and workshops addressing crucial contemporary topics relevant to both the academic and private anesthesiologist. SOAP also offers an annual refresher meeting, the Sol Shnider Meeting held in March in San Francisco, which is a popular forum to learn clinically relevant obstetric anesthesia by leading experts in the field.

To fulfill the society’s mission to support obstetric anesthesiology research, SOAP generously funds several research grants including the SOAP/Gertie Marx Education and Research Grant, the SOAP Young Investigator Grant, and the SOAP/Kybele International Outreach Grant. These competitive, annual grants are given to qualified applicants for scholarly endeavors in research, education and international outreach that advance women’s health. I encourage you to contribute to the SOAP Endowment Fund to further build our organization’s capacity to support research in the field of obstetric anesthesia and perinatology.

The greatest strength of SOAP is its members, a supportive community of extraordinarily talented, passionate and committed individuals. Being part of this organization and now helping to lead it, has been one of the highlights of my professional career. If you are not a member of SOAP, I strongly encourage you to consider joining. SOAP members receive numerous benefits by being part of this organization, and gain access to useful publications, patient educational materials and expert opinions. The greatest benefit of being a member of SOAP however, is being an integral part of a progressive society that advances women’s health, improves the delivery of safe and effective pain relief during childbirth, and helps optimize outcomes for pregnant women and their newborns.

Brendan Carvalho, MBBCh, FRCA, MDCH
SOAP President