The best job – EVER! Every day on labor & delivery I hear “Thank You” and regularly go home with a smile on my face, having made a difference in someone else’s life. Isn’t that what life’s really about?

Obstetric anesthesiology has evolved far beyond the technical aspects of pain relief, addressing the implications of acute-becoming-chronic pain, pain influences on postpartum depression, significantly improving maternal and neonatal outcomes and addressing areas with potential long-term health implications. Ultrasound has become a routine part of my everyday practice – whether peripheral nerve blocks for post-cesarean analgesia (e.g., transversus abdominus plane, quadratus lumborum), “spotting” the epidural space and recently incorporating the basic FATE exam for left ventricular volume as a routine part of clinical care. The Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP) has not only helped improve maternal and fetal...

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