SOAP Stats Presidents Message

May 2024

Dear SOAP Members, 

As we reflect on the month of May, a time of renewal and growth, I am proud to share the latest updates from SOAP. Our commitment to improving the quality of maternal health remains steadfast, driven by our mission to ensure safe and effective anesthesia care for every mother. Recent articles on maternal mortality in the United States highlight the critical importance of our work, as they shed light on the urgent need for continued advancements and education in our field. Together, we are making strides to address these challenges, enhance clinical practices, and ultimately save lives. 

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 information and details at

And for additional updates, please see below. 

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


To date, there are 51 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 

  • The 2024 Annual Meeting was held May 1-5, 2024, in Denver, Colorado.  
    • Thank you to everyone who attend the SOAP 2024 Annual Meeting! We had over 900+ attendees, hundreds of high quality sessions, a diverse expert faculty, an outstanding slate of honorees and honorary lecturers, and excellent sponsor support.
  • If you are unable to join us in Denver, the 2024 Annual Virtual Highlights will be held June 10 & 11.  Registrants can access the curated lectures from the 2024 Annual Meeting on June 10 & 11 or watch the recording later at their leisure (thru Dec. 31, 2024) and earn CME.  Pre-registration is required.  
  • Future Meetings

Education Committee 

Diversity Committee 

Governance Committee 

  • The list of volunteers for committees and subcommittees is currently under review and there will be an announcement soon about member assignments

Intersociety Committee  

  • View the honorees page for a full list of the Centers of Excellence designees.
  • The SOAP Speaks! database has launched! View the database to access vetted SOAP members who are enthusiastic to share their expertise and passion on a variety of topics.
  • SOAP/Kybele International Outreach Grant winners: Stephanie Woodward, MD – Vanderbilt Medical Center, & Jordan Francke, MD, MPH, Harvard University / Brigham & Women’s Hospital

Member Value Committee 

  • Join one of the fifteen Special Interest Groups. To see a full list of the Special Interest Groups visit the SOAP website
  • SOAP Fundamentals will be held September 14 & 21.  

Save the date for the Fall Forum: November 13 & 14. 

Research Committee  

  • Research Network Symposium was held May 4, 2024 in conjunction with the SOAP 2024 Annual Meeting in Denver. 

Finance Committee 

  • Combined net assets for SOAP and the SOAP Endowment were $5.7M as of February 29, 2024. 
  • Shop the newly launched SOAP Swag online store featuring SOAP branded merchandise. 

SOAP Headquarters 

  • Log into the SOAP Community! We’re happy to invite you to join the NEW official SOAP online community platform at TradeWing! The new platform has many of the features members requested.  
    • Add [email protected] to your safe sender's list so you can receive announcements from SOAP Community. 
    • View the full list of features and frequently asked questions.