Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics

About the ALSO® Program

The Mission of the ALSO Program

To educate health care team members in effective strategies to prevent and manage complications of pregnancy and childbirth.

The ALSO Program Vision

To be the premier multidisciplinary patient-safety program for maternity care through culturally and globally adaptable, evidence-based training.

History of the ALSO Program

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) wishes to acknowledge the initial development of the ALSO Program by the University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine, and the original national ALSO Development Group of family physicians, obstetricians, and nurses which formed in 1991.

The ALSO Program, originally conceptualized by James R. Damos, M.D., was developed under the leadership of Dr. Damos and John W. Beasley M.D. The AAFP acquired ownership of the ALSO Program and its copyright from the University of Wisconsin in 1993.

ALSO Advisory Board

A eight-member multidisciplinary Advisory Board oversees the ALSO Program, and reports to the AAFP's Commission on Continuing Professional Development (COCPD).

The ALSO Program Advisory Board members are: 

  • Jennifer Frank, MD, Chair (AAFP)
  • Ann Evensen, MD (AAFP)
  • Wael Mourad, MD (AAFP)
  • Johanna Warren, MD (AAFP)
  • Tony Ogburn, MD (ACOG)
  • Gretchen Heinrichs, MD (ACOG)
  • Barbara True, RNC-OB (AWHONN)
  • Janice Taleff, CNM (ACNM)