SubSpecialties  |   March 2018
Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP): Beyond Labor Epidurals
Author Affiliations
  • Brendan Carvalho, M.B.B.Ch., FRCA, MDCH
    Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology
    President
Article Information
Obstetric Anesthesia / Pediatric Anesthesia / SubSpecialties
SubSpecialties   |   March 2018
Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP): Beyond Labor Epidurals
ASA Monitor 03 2018, Vol.82, 52-53.
ASA Monitor 03 2018, Vol.82, 52-53.
The mission of SOAP is to improve pregnancy-related outcomes of women and neonates through the support of obstetric anesthesiology research, the provision of education to its members, other providers and pregnant women, and the promotion of excellence in clinical anesthetic care.
Over the past several decades, under the leadership of the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP), obstetric anesthesia has expanded far beyond the technical aspects of labor analgesia and cesarean anesthesia. SOAP has been integral in helping improve maternal and fetal outcomes and enhancing the care of expectant mothers through research, education, and inter-societal partnership and collaborations.
SOAP collaborates with many societies, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM), ASA, the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS), American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA), Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) and the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM). SOAP has recently published a “Consensus Statement on the Anesthetic Management of Pregnant and Postpartum Women Receiving Thromboprophylaxis or Higher Dose Anticoagulants.” The statement provides practical and evidence-based guidance to help manage women receiving thromboprophylaxis and anesthesia in the obstetric setting.
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