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The Obstetric Anaesthetists' Association (OAA) was formed in 1969 to promote the highest standards of anaesthetic practice in the care of mother and baby and has an international membership of over 2450.

The OAA provides both education and training for anaesthetists and other practitioners in the UK and overseas and a resource for women seeking information about pain relief in labour and anaesthesia for Caesarean section. 

For those wishing to join please see Membership pages for more details.    



Vote in the 2014 Committee Election

Voting is now open & will close on Thursday 22nd May at 17.00 hrs


Members please log in, go to the Members' Area and find the Election 2014 page on the left hand side Menu




Obstetric Anaesthesia 2014 (Dublin)


Further details now available for ePoster presentation






Information for mothers - with translations in up to 37 languages



Coming soon: the new OAA website. Click to find out more!

OAA Guidelines



OAA Guidelines Committee

The Guidelines committee would like to request submissions for the following guidelines which are now due for updating:

  • Regional Anaesthesia
  • Analgesia post Caesarean Section
  • TAP blocks
  • CPR in Pregnancy

In addition to this, submissions are requested for a new guideline:  "Major Obstetric Haemorrhage"

Please send your submissions by 30th April 2014  to

OAA Trainee Essay Competition 2013/2014

"What are the challenges likely to be faced by obstetric anaesthetists over the next decade and how might these be addressed?"


Click here for Competition details and submission information  

Reduced Trainee Membership Subscription Rates

From January 2014 Trainee Membership subscription rates have been
reduced as follows:

Trainees or Overseas Equivalent - £75.00

First year Trainees paying by Direct debit - £40.00

John Snow Anaesthesia intercalated BSc Award 2014 

The National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia (NIAA) is pleased to announce details for the 2014 John Snow Anaesthesia Intercalated BSc Awards, funded by the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain & Ireland (AAGBI)/Anaesthesia, the British Journal of Anaesthesia (BJA)/Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) and the Obstetric Anaesthetists' Association (OAA).


For more information, click here


Closing date for applications is Monday 31 March 2014

NOAD 2011 Report

The NOAD (National Obstetric Anaesthetic Database) 2011 Report is now available. Click here to view this report.

Regional anaesthesia and patients with abnormalities of coagulation (RAPAC) Guidelines

This guide, authored jointly by OAA, AAGBI AND RAUK, has just been published.  Based firmly on current evidence, and taking an approach which emphasises relative risks and benefits, RAPAC should provide a useful reference tool for any member faced with difficult decisions relating to spinals, epidurals, and modern anti-thrombotic agents or patients with compromised coagulation.

Click here to view the guidelines.


ACCEA have now announced the timetable for the 2013 round of national awards.  The OAA has specialist society status with the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA), and is able to support a limited number of members in their quest for National Awards. Find further information from the OAA President under ACCEA after logging into the members' area. 

OAA/AAGBI Guidelines for Obstetric Anaesthetic Services 2013

Click here to view the newly published OAA/AAGBI guidelines on Obstetric Anaesthetic Services 2013

Call for obstetric intensivists!    

MBRRACE-UK is the new body responsible for running the confidential enquiry into maternal deaths, which will be restarting this year after a short hiatus. The OAA is acting on behalf of the Royal College to recruit assessors to work with MBRRACE, and we are currently looking for active clinical practitioners who are both obstetric anaesthetists and intensivists, in order to assess deaths involving critical care. If interested, please contact Paul Howell in the first instance for more information.



Neuraxial and regional anaesthesia devices with non-Luer connectors

NPSA - view updates on safer spinal needles

           - spinal needle evaluation results and safety critical incidents


Try the 
Information for Mothers
- translations
in up to 35 languages



Follow OAAinfo on Twitter          


The OAA has joined twitter and facebook!  Sign up and follow the OAA ('OAAinfo') to get alerts when important documents are available as well as updates on meetings and courses etc.    For any problems accessing twitter (apparently new members are not easy to find) just go to                            


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