It has just ended (October 16 to 19) a very important event for all gynecologists and obstetricians of Italy with more than 2500 participants: the 91th National Congress SIGO (Italian Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics), from title “Health for women between sustainability and multi-ethnic society“.

The congress took place simultaneously on multiple rooms, each dedicated to different aspects which define the concept of Female Health, from physiology and pathology of pregnancy, to preservation of the integrity and reproductive hormone, till to pre- and post-welfare endocrinological menopausal, etc.

It has also set up a room dedicated to Round Tables conducted by journalists and Question Time with the institutions in which SIGO was confronted with representatives of the political and social world on the most media impact issues.

The focus of this year, which was also the theme that mostly hit the newspapers, is the sharp rise (1 of 5) of foreign women who give birth in Italy, the vast majority of these coming from non-European countries. The presence of very different cultures, with a modesty and a conception of femininity and of women role very different from our own, has opened problems in relating to these patients and their families with the doctors, especially gynecologists and obstetricians.

This constant multi-ethnic comparison pushed SIGO to put the focus of all its members, the search for an ever more respectful approach of different sensitivities, to avoid situations that are born of removal from service and medical care, especially where are of fundamental importance.

The greatest difficulties have been addressed under the strong pressure of migrants and a number of women who faced travel in poor condition despite ongoing pregnancy, giving birth sometimes even during the crossings, with consequent complications in parts that otherwise would have had a normal course.

The second point that has raised the greatest journalistic interest is the heartfeltand convinced invitation to pregnant women in the administration of influenza vaccine, in view of the impending winter. Thereby SIGO sided strongly in favour of recognized vaccinations, showing utmost confidence in their preventive capacity, in contrast to the growing number of anti-vaccine forces that are becoming increasingly popular, especially through the web.

The faces

From the organizational point of view there have been important changes, primarily the location: after having made stops in many Italian cities, this year the conference has arrived in the capital. The Erfige Palace Hotel, was immediately the scene of a program and guests of high caliber in the Italian Health, each of whom has made a valuable contribution.

  • the Minister of Health, BeatriceLorenzin, hasproduced a true Lectio, whosesocio-politicaldepthhasbeenrecognizedindependently of the camps;
  • WalterRicciardi, President of the Institute of Health, stressed the value, toooftenoverlooked, of our Public Health;
  • Monsignor Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, led the focus of reflection to the value of “generate”, the true origin of the social place that is the relationship between man and woman;
  • Vincenzo Berghella, a brilliant Italian doctor for over thirty years transplanted to America and became one of the most influential figures in American obstetrics and gynecology landscape, made it possible to discover the organizational strengths of the overseas system to draw valuable comparisons.

The conference was also the occasion for the renewal of the Board and the Presidency, assigned since 1 January 2017 to around 2019 to Dr.Giovanni Scambia, director of the Sciences Polo on Health  of Women and Child of Catholic University Holy Heart of Rome.

Scambiahas anticipated the guidelines that will characterize his presidency through three watchwords: Research, Prevention and Partnership.