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Catherine McGovern, RN, MSN, CNM, WHNP-BC, IBCLC



Catherine McGovern, RN, MSN, CNM, WHNP-BC, IBCLC
Massachusetts, Region V

  • Video Introduction
  • Bio
  • Q & A

Video Introduction



Kate McGovern, RN, MSN, WHNP-BC, CNM, IBCLC has 35 years of clinical experience in OB/GYN specialties. She is currently Professional Development Director for Perinatal services at Tufts Medical Center in Massachusetts.

As an AWHONN volunteer she has been chair and member of the Massachusetts Section education committee and Massachusetts section chair, national nominating committee member, national convention host committee chair, Fetal heart monitoring Instructor Trainer and presenter for the women’s cardiovascular health program.

Kate has presented topics which include gynecology, pregnancy, newborns, legal issues and technology. Along with her experience as a staff nurse for many years, she has taught and mentored nursing students at all levels of practice. Kate values lifelong learning earning her ASN, BSM, MSN and post masters certificates in nurse education and nurse-midwifery.

Her passion is supporting and promoting nursing excellence and diversity through education, mentorship, clinical practice and the improvement of interdisciplinary teams.


Q & A

Question #1
Please describe significant contributions you have made to AWHONN and/ or in another professional leadership role. Include any examples where you have advanced the strategic agenda of AWHONN and/or other professional organizations.

As a long time AWHONN member I have contributed on many levels. As and education committee member and chair at the section level I have worked to develop evidenced based education programs for members that have reached all the New England states. I have participated in promoting and providing some of AWHONN’s most successful professional and consumer based education activities as an inaugural member of the cardiovascular health program and Instructor Trainer for the Fetal Heart Monitoring Program. Through mentorship of nursing students and novice nurses I have promoted the mission and AWHONN membership over 3 decades and mentored new leaders at the local level.

Question #2
Please describe your expertise or contributions related to promoting improved care for women and babies. Discuss this in terms of your position on Maternal Mortality and Morbidity, Workforce Diversity and other racial and ethnic disparities in reproductive healthcare.

I have worked extensively in women’s health providing obstetric and gynecologic care and full scope midwifery to women in underserved areas. I work with teams and patients representing 80 different ethnic backgrounds and over 40 different religions. Partnering with our state leaders have presented programs on prevention of SUID and as a member of a team chosen for the National Action Partnership for Safe Sleep and Breastfeeding. In addition, I have worked to increase breastfeeding rates of patients within ethnic and racial groups in the lowest percentages. I work extensively with interdisciplinary teams to promote diversity in the workplace, develop culturally specific bereavement care programs and participant in monthly mortality and morbidity review. I have engaged in research with other AWHONN members examining cesarean section rates, breastfeeding pain therapy and severe maternal hypertension.

Question #3
Please describe a significant leadership challenge that you have experienced; how you addressed it and relevant outcomes.

Internal disaster situations, there have been several I have been involved with such as floods, electrical shutdowns, technology system unplanned downtimes and work stoppages are the most challenging and those times are when leaders rise to the occasion. To help coordinate the protection of patients who are in vulnerable states and evacuate to safer locations is by far the most challenging. To complete this with all disciplines pulling together and have no patient or staff harm was the best outcome.

Question #4
Provide your reason(s) as to why you want to serve on AWHONN’s Board of Directors.

I want to serve because I know my experience will make a difference. AWHONN has been my professional home for my entire career as a nurse in OBGYN and Women’s Health. My experience as staff nurse, advanced practice nurse, faculty in school of nursing and administrative nursing has prepared me to contribute to decisions that will sustain this organization for future generations. My ability to work with and communicate with members of all ages and cultural backgrounds as well as my broad scope of practice is unique to the needs of board of directors’ vision for AWHONN. My education in both nursing and business management is a strong combination to be able to contribute forming a strong future for AWHONN.




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