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The Full Story

The New England Obstetrical and Gynecologic Society (NEOGS) traces its beginnings back to 1920, more than 100 years ago.  At that time, the Governor of Massachusetts appointed a committee to investigate the care of the expectant mother and her baby.  Three hundred thousand dollars was appropriated for this purpose, leading the Massachusetts Medical Society to revive the Section of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 


Dr. Charles E. Mongan of Somerville was the first Chairman.  The immediate charge of the committee was an attempt to reduce the incidence of maternal death.  Detailed investigation of every maternal death provided information that was shared with all the obstetrical societies and hospitals of the region. 


Interest spread throughout New England, which ultimately led to the establishment of a permanent society.  On June 10, 1929, at the old Boston Athletic Association House on Exeter Street, (the finish line of the annual Patriot’s Day Marathon), NEOGS was born.


Not surprisingly, the three main causes of maternal mortality 100 years ago were hemorrhage, sepsis, and toxemia.  Through the advent of antibiotics, blood banks, prenatal care, stringent hospital standards, Joint Commission requirements, and widespread educational initiatives, maternal mortality was dramatically reduced from the levels of the early 20th century.  We celebrate the accomplishments of NEOGS in contributing to that success.


However, our efforts toward excellence in women’s health care continue to be critical, today more than ever.  Cesarean section rates are now the highest in the history of American health care, and the US has a maternal mortality rate significantly higher than many other developed countries.  In gynecological areas, cervical, breast and ovarian cancers are still too prevalent, and patient safety and quality of care concerns are front and center in our healthcare system.


For these reasons, NEOGS continues with its annual conferences, bringing world experts to New England to help us improve our practices and the lives of our patients.  We embrace the participation of our established obstetricians and gynecologists, and share our experiences with residents, midwives, nurses and learn from each other. 


Together we are making progress, improving quality and value, advancing knowledge, forging strong relationships and delivering the best possible care to our communities.  Thank you for supporting NEOGS and for carrying our mission forward.

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NEOGS is committed to enhancing the healthcare of women by sponsoring outstanding and clinically relevant educational meetings and creating a venues to build strong professional relationships between physicians, residents, midwives, and nurses throughout New England.

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Vision & Values


Promoting evidence-based practice in women’s health care to optimize outcomes and outstanding patient experiences while supporting our physicians and providers in obstetrics and gynecology.


• Excellence
• Evidenced and value based practice
• Building professional relationships
• Patient-centered care
• Advancement of knowledge

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