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Newsletters - OB/GYN Family Planning

OB/GYN Family Planning Services at UCLA publishes a periodic newsletter that presents the latest information from the world of family planning, as well as new innovations from within the Department.


fall 2021

Fall 2021

WEST MED OB/GYN Clinic Cares for Migrant Minors

UCLA Health was asked to be the care provider for the federal program to house and reunify unaccompanied children who arrived at the US border.   Drawing on prior experience with large-scale rapid response emergency pop-up medical care, UCLA Health helped to immediately convert the Long Beach Convention Center into a 1000-bed medical facility.  The West Medical OB/GYN Clinic was an integral part of this humanitarian medical mission with the speedy assembly of multi-disciplinary providers- specialists, residents, social work, and fellows- to care for these young patients and help prepare them for the journey back to their families. 
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fall 2020

Fall 2020

Grand Rounds With Dr. Joia Crear-Perry

The UCLA Dept. of OB/GYN kicked off the academic year with Grand Rounds by Joia Crear-Perry, MD, titled The Relationship Between Health Equity and the State of Maternal Mortality. Dr. Perry is the founder and president of the National Birth Equity Collaborative, an organization dedicated to creating solutions that optimize Black maternal and infant health through training, policy advocacy, research, and community-centered collaboration.
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Spring 2020

Spring 2020

PRIORITY: COVID-19 & Pregnancy National Registry

PRIORITY (Pregnancy CoRonavIrus Outcomes RegIsTrY) is a nationwide study of pregnant or recently pregnant women who are either under investigation for Coronavirus infection (COVID-19) or have been confirmed to have COVID-19. Yalda Afshar, MD, PhD,  is CO-PI on this study to help patients and doctors better understand how COVID-19 impacts pregnant women and their newborns.
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winter 2019

Fall/Winter 2019

UCLA Family Planning Fellowship Celebrates 10 Years

The UCLA OBGYN Family Planning Fellowship celebrated it's 10 year anniversary on October 18th, 2019. The Division of Family Planning is composed of 7 core faculty members who are committed to providing comprehensive contraceptive and family planning services. The fellowship welcomes one fellow per year for a total of 2 years, and provides a wealth of clinical training in family planning as well as the opportunity to obtain an MPH or a masters in clinical science.
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summer 2019

Summer 2019

Faculty and Students Protest UC Partnership with Catholic Hospital

UCSF announced that it will not be merging with Dignity Health. This decision came on the heels of robust advocacy efforts by staff, faculty and students who opposed the union. Several UCLA OB/GYNs spoke in public forums about the merger and gave testimony explaining the impact it would have on providers and patients of reproductive health care and LGBTQ+ care. UCLA advocates rallied to uphold care for all, in keeping with UC core values to serve the diverse population of our state.
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spring 2019

Spring 2019

Dr. Leana Wen Speaks at UCLA

UCLA Medical Students for Choice, American Medical Student Association, and the LA Human Rights Initiative welcomed the President of Planned Parenthood, Dr. Leana Wen, to speak at DGSOM about advocacy and leadership in reproductive healthcare. She urges clinicians be advocates and allies, and use their status to influence their communities in favor of quality women's healthcare. This newsletter highlights the many ways that the UCLA OB/GYN Clinic at West Medical Building promotes high quality women's care and advocacy.
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fall 2018

Fall 2018

OB/GYN Advocacy for Reproductive Justice

Dr. Willie Parker, MD, MPH, MSc, reproductive justice advocate, and author of Life's Work, presented at OB/GYN Grand Rounds "OB/GYN Advocacy for Reproductive Rights; How Much Fight is There in the Dog?". Dr. Parker challenged UCLA physicians to advocate not only for their patients but for the reproductive health rights of all people. Dr. Willie Parker sits on the board of institutions at the forefront of the fight for reproductive justice, including Chair of the board of Physicians for Reproductive Health.
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spring 2018

Spring 2018

The Patient Experience

“We felt like our OB had abandoned us. We decided to reach out to a nurse at a specialized maternal fetal medicine group. We were lost and hoped that she could guide us in a way our OB had not. She connected us with the wonderful people at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. I am grateful for the doctors and nurses who are willing to see the unpleasant side of childbearing.” —Vanessa R. Vanessa shared her story in the blog Remembering Rhys. She unpacks her experience in dealing with pregnancy complications and finding her way to UCLA.
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winter 2018

Winter 2018

Labor and Delivery Leadership

Dr. Mya Zapata has been a part of the Bruin family for many years, including undergraduate studies and OB/GYN residency. She completed the Family Planning Fellowship and MSc at the University of Michigan before returning to UCLA. Dr. Amy Stoddard has spent her career providing exceptional OB/GYN care. She completed her OB/GYN residency at UCLA and her Fellowship in Family Planning at Washington University in St. Louis.
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fall 2017

Fall 2017

Welcome From The Chair

Greetings! I am delighted to serve as your new chair of the OB/GYN department at UCLA Health. I wish everyone a warm welcome back into the academic year. New beginnings are exciting and present a chance for a fresh start; UCLA medical students are now interviewing for competitive residency positions, our outgoing residents matched at their first-choice fellowships, and top graduates from all over the country have joined our OB/GYN residency training and sub-specialty fellowship programs.
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may 2017

May 2017

2017 American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

The UCLA Division of Family Planning, along with practicing OB/GYNs and residents, attended the 2017 ACOG Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting this past week. This is a great opportunity for providers and experts in women's health care to network, and learn and exchange the latest scientific information and best practices in the field of OB/GYN.
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fall 2017

Feb 2017

L.A Women's March

Across the United States and the world, people came together to march and advocate for women’s rights, justice and equality on January 21st, 2017. UCLA faculty, fellows, residents, staff and their families participated in the March at the hospital in Westwood, downtown Los Angeles, and Hawaii.
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oct 2016

Oct 2016

Patient Care Fund Receives $50,000 Grant

The UCLA Ob/Gyn Clinic at the West Medical Building received a generous grant from the Nicholas Endowment for $50,000 to go towards a patient assistance fund. The Nicholas Endowment, whose mission is to “enrich our community and the world by supporting the performing and visual arts, assisting in the advancement of science and education, and engaging other charities to make a difference in people’s lives” granted the award to assist the clinic’s patients.
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