Dr. Yalda Afshar, Assistant Professor of UCLA OBGYN, emerged as a go-to expert about COVID-19 and pregnancy for news reporters during the height of the pandemic. As a former reporter herself, the UCLA Health physician-scientist felt it was her duty to deliver the facts to the news media during a time when misinformation was on the rise. During the pandemic she also pivoted her research to establish a national registry to track how COVID-19 affects pregnant women and newborns in hopes of finding ways to improve care. Dr. Afshar’s personal experience of being pregnant and giving birth during the pandemic has only strengthened her goal to provide evidence-based care to her patients— the same type of care she’d want for herself. Read more about Dr. Afshar’s story >
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 >