Depression is one of the most common disorders during pregnancy and the postpartum period, according to the CDC. Thus, California enacted a law in 2019 requiring that every pregnant woman receive mental health screening, but UCLA Health wanted to do more to ensure patients with concerning mental health symptoms received the help they need. The UCLA Maternal Outpatient Mental Health Services (MOMS) Clinic was launched shortly after implementation of the state’s Maternal Mental Health Screening Law. Co-founders, Misty C. Richards, MD, medical director of perinatal psychiatry at UCLA and Rashmi Rao, MD, obstetric medical director of mental health, noted that the clinic can “swiftly identify, treat and support women who are suffering from perinatal mental illness and bridge them to more permanent mental health care in the community.” Read more >
The BirthPlace Westwood and the BirthPlace Santa Monica are comprehensive maternity centers that provide private rooms, family-centered care and offer a wide range of services to make your birthing experience an event to cherish. More BirthPlace Information >
We in the UCLA Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology acknowledge and are deeply concerned regarding the disparities in the healthcare of women, particularly those of under-represented minorities. We recognize that the basis of this disparity is long-standing and sadly has its roots in racism and injustice against people of color, especially Black, Latino and Native American people. We concur with the statements released by other organizations that include National Medical Association (NMA), American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM), Society of Family Planning (SFP), and American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). We are committed as a department to identifying underlying implicit and explicit biases and eliminating them from our department in all areas including clinical service, research, and education.
We are also gravely troubled by the violence, discrimination, and stereotypes that have been inflicted upon Asian and Pacific Islanders (API) throughout our history, and recognize the recent escalations in these events. We stand with the API community to denounce hatred and racism in any form.
UCLA OBGYN counts on your generous support to sustain our innovative programs, allowing us to provide exceptional gynecologic and obstetric health care for women by emphasizing the whole patient.
COVID-19 and CANCER: The NCI COVID-19 in Cancer Patients Study is a natural hirtory study of COVID-19 in people with cancer. Researchers follow people and collect medical information over time to learn more about how a disease and its symptoms develop and change. Knowledge gained through this study will help doctors better manage treatment for people with cancer and COVID-19 in the future. For information >