To our ACOG community,
As we approach the end of a tumultuous year, we want to acknowledge how our lives and our practices have been affected and how the strength of our community is more essential than ever. The landscape in which we work changed profoundly this year, and although our field has been uniquely affected and challenged, we remain steadfast in the support of our patients and each other.
Potent new barriers to physician autonomy and the patient–physician relationship have been imposed on obstetrician–gynecologists, on the heels of COVID-19, an advancing maternal mortality crisis, and ever-increasing challenges to maintaining our own wellness. However, these challenges have demonstrated our extraordinary resilience. We continue to show up for our colleagues, our patients, and our profession.
Maybe you were among the hundreds of ACOG members who lent your voices to combating misinformation and sharing knowledge through media interviews, or you gave your time as a volunteer Section, District, or committee or workgroup leader. Maybe you attended ACOG meetings to build new relationships, stay on top of the science, and learn how to be an advocate for your patients, or you donated to the ACOG Foundation to help ACOG pursue our evolving mission to improve obstetric and gynecologic health. No matter what shape your support took this year, it was vital, and we thank you for it wholeheartedly.
Looking back on 2022 also gives us a chance to reflect on our victories and to muster hope. You embraced ACOG’s Get Out the Vote effort to ensure that our members’ voices were heard when access to critical reproductive health care was on the ballot. ACOG members confronted with abortion bans in your home states navigated legal and ethical dilemmas to provide women and patients with the best care possible in difficult circumstances, and members in states where abortion is still legal rallied to get all patients the care they need, whether they were traveling from nearby towns or from out of state to access that care. We ended the year celebrating a legislative win that will help improve maternal health by creating a permanent option for states to extend Medicaid coverage to 12 months postpartum and to support maternal mental health screening and treatment across the country—a victory made possible following years of dedicated advocacy from our members.
As we look toward a new year, we share our sincerest thanks for continuing your indispensable, lifesaving work during these unpredictable times. Thank you for trusting us, at headquarters and in volunteer leadership, to support you through it all. You inspire us to continue the work of transforming lives—we could not do it without you.
Iffath Abbasi Hoskins, MD, FACOG
Maureen G. Phipps, MD, MPH, FACOG