The role of anaesthesiologist in the care of the parturient has expanded, with regular involvement in
the labor rooms, the obstetric theatre and in the high dependency and intensive care units that care
for the critically ill parturients. The shortage of anaesthetists has been identified as one of the
major causes of high MMR in India (407/100,000 deliveries) and is a cause for grave concern, with
anaesthetic accidents (4.8%) being considered an important preventable cause of maternal deaths,
according to the Safe motherhood WHO training manuals. This has led to inclusion of anaesthesia as
an important component of the "Comprehensive essential obstetric care" in the safe motherhood
programs all over India.
In the modern era of specialization, anaesthesiology has branched into
specific areas like
cardiothoracic, neurosurgery, paediatric surgery, critical care and pain, with setting up of their
own associations to formulate guidelines, initiate research and discuss problem-related issues in
specific fields which has made a positive impact on their development.
The Association of Obstetric Anaesthesiologists (AOA) India is an exclusive platform and
forum to enhance the standards of maternal care for our staggering and varied pregnant
population across the country.