SOAP Stats Presidents Message

November 2023

Dear SOAP Members, 

As the year-end holiday season approaches, I am filled with immense gratitude for the opportunity to serve as your President of SOAP. This year has been one of both significant achievements and world challenges, and as we reflect on our journeys, I am inspired by the unwavering dedication and expertise each of you brings to our important causes.

As we gather with our loved ones and embrace the spirit of the season, let us also remember the families we serve. Our work plays a crucial role in ensuring safe and positive birth experiences, a mission that makes a profound difference in the lives of many.

May the holiday season bring peace, joy and rejuvenation. I look forward to our continued collaboration and success in the new year.

May Pian-Smith, MD
President, Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology

As always, there is a lot happening at SOAP with our incredibly engaged committees, subcommittees, task forces, and SIGs. Some of our latest activities are described in this message, and you can find more on

If you have not yet renewed your membership, renew your SOAP membership today!

In this season of giving, I invite you to make your annual donation to the Endowment Fund! Your contribution of any amount is greatly appreciated. 


  • To date, there are 44 SOAP State Representatives, and we continue to work towards securing a representative from each state.  SOAP State Representatives will provide a key contact in each state to help us reach a broader audience, as SOAP strives to meet its mission to provide safe and equitable care for women and newborns everywhere. If you know someone who is interested in becoming a SOAP State Representative, please contact SOAP HQ.  


Annual Meeting and Live Events Committee

Education Committee

Diversity Committee

  • The SOAP Board of Directors, committees, and subcommittee members have completed the SOAP Diversity & Inclusivity training modules.  

Governance Committee

Intersociety Committee

  • Thank you to all those who applied for SOAP Speaks! Speaker applications are currently under review.
  • Applications are closed for the Centers of Excellence (COE). 24 institutions submitted applications this cycle. The COE Subcommittee is currently reviewing applications.
Member Value Committee
  • 2024 dues renewals are underway – renew your membership by December 31, 2023 to avoid an interruption in your member benefits. 
  • Join one of the twelve Special Interest Groups. To see a full list of the Special Interest Groups, visit the SOAP website.

Research Committee

  • To date, 54 institutions have confirmed their participation in the SOAP General Anesthesia for Cesarean Delivery Registry. Dr. Lisa Leffert, primary investigator, and Research Network support team members explained the project, its goals, requirements, logistics, and opportunities in a recorded webinar. 

Finance Committee

  • Combined net assets for SOAP and the SOAP Endowment were $4.7M as of October 31, 2023.

SOAP Headquarters

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