Since 1962 17 Countries 1.546 Members
International Society of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology


Psychosomatics in Obstetrics and Gynaecology globally
ISPOG is the lively world-wide organisation of professionals from different disciplines working in the field of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. It is a platform for mutual exchange and understanding from the clinical, research and educational perspective. Currently, 18 national societies are members of ISPOG and we are happy to support the health professionals of every country working on raising their own national society in order to join in.

History of ISPOG

Being the important Kyoto Congress of 2007 a good example, ISPOG is growing and expanding to the Iberoamerican, Middle and Far East Countries, and connecting actively with global societies that share common fields of interest.

From the time ISPOG was created, professional and social position of Ob Gyns has changed, and ISPOG acknowledges the new situation and is concerned about of the well being of the professionals.

ISPOG is responding to these new challenges support for the professionals that take care of women. Midwives, Nurses, Neonatologists, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Psychoanalysts, OB Gyns, all of you are needed and welcome. Please feel free to join ISPOG.

International Society of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology

The 20th century produced a male chauvinist paternalistic doctor centered model, asymmetric relationship with the patient at the same time medical societies enjoyed a strong economic and political influence. In our 21st century, after Evidence Based shift of our scientific activity, civil societies have produced a decline in the authority of doctors, among other “paternal” characters, as the political or religious authorities, adapting rapidly to a market-like model of provider/user or client management centered model.

Market-biased use of epidemiological evidence has encouraged the appearance of a “health bureaucracy” highly influenced by pharmaceutical lobbies and technocrats. Patients themselves feel they have obtained more power, and view upon themselves more as ‘clients’ than as ‘patients’, or another sort of patient than the old one, which demands another role for the doctor as well. Of course there will always be a difference between professional judgment and ‘pleasing the client’ which might give tension between the patients, the doctors and the new powerful leading actors: the Managers.

International Society of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Globalisation of economy has produced a growth in the number of immigrants, low income, unemployed, and ethnic minorities. In summary, there is more poor people living in the developed (before “rich”) countries, and the professionals are not enough supported by governments to face this new reality. Few countries have psychologists working clinically in the hospital wards. Most of doctors only have a possibility of referring the patient to a psychiatric ward, or perform a written consultation, with little or none interdisciplinary exchange. Social workers are few and share a similar lack of contact. In the more populated countries the new scenery has caused:

  • Less time and economic recognition for time spent with each patient.
  • Disconnection among primary health centers and hospital services
  • Increasing paper, or computer work, with the professional filling in many records and in some way forced to adapting the patient to the protocols, in spite of using them as a useful guide that must be adapted to each patient.
  • Growth of Law suits and “defensive” medicine contaminating consultations and procedures. This is why Informed choice’ is more and more important, requiring good communication skills and solid bioethical principles of the gynaecologist, midwife or nurse.
  • “Burned out” professionals, violence against doctors, etc.

Latest News

Announcement ISPOG 2022

October 9, 2021 1 minute

The COVID-19 pandemic has had, and still has, a profound impact on all of us,. Affecting the everyday life and professional activities of our patients and ourselves. The 20th Congress of the International Society of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ISPOG) addresses this Impact in relation to the following topics in key lectures, symposia, master classes […]

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50 Years of Conferences in Germany

March 1, 2021 4 minutes

In 2021 the 50th annual conference of the DGPFG, the German Society for Psychosomatic Gynaecology and Obstetrics, the association with the largest number of members in the ISPOG, will take place. An anniversary event was planned in Berlin; that had to be reduced to a 2-day online event due to corona. A small consolation: All […]

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In Memoriam Eylard van Hall

January 1, 2021 3 minutes

Barcelona 26 Aug 1934 – Noordwijk 10 Dec 2020 The year 2020 will be remembered because of the COVID19 pandemic of which we are suffering the third wave now, but for us, the POG family, it will be the year of the farewell to a man to remember, one of the ISPOG founding fathers, our […]

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