Videos: Women's Health Webinar Series

UCSF Women's Health has designed and lined up a variety of webinars to keep patients informed about topics that range from prenatal and gynecological care to fertility care during the COVID-19 pandemic. All videos are available to view on this page. If you'd like to jump ahead and listen to a part that is relevant to you, please see below for the timestamps.

UCSF Women’s Health Webinar Series: COVID-19 and your Pregnancy Care at UCSF #1

What to expect in the coming weeks

For the first session of our inaugural UCSF Women’s Health Webinar series, our team of Obstetrics and Perinatal experts discussed prenatal care and delivery at UCSF during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our panelists covered topics such as in-person and virtual prenatal visits, current visitor policies, outpatient cervical ripening, labor and delivery, and postpartum care. Recorded Friday, April 10, 2020

Introductions and poll, Dr. Nazaneen Homaifar, MD/MBA, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Moderator)

08:00 | Outpatient prenatal care, Dr. Roxanna Irani, Medical Director of Outpatient Obstetrics

20:03 | Birth center tours, prenatal education and lactation (Women’s Health Resource Center), Bertina Lee, Manager of the UCSF Women’s Health Resource Center

24:15 | Outpatient induction of labor (cervical ripening), Dr. Robyn Lamar, OB/GYN and the lead for Outpatient Cervical Ripening protocol

31:06 | COVID-19 precautions in the Birth Center, Dr. Tushani Illangasekare, Assistant Director of Labor & Delivery

45:05 | What expect from your labor experience, Sasha Yamnik, CNM

53:01 | What to expect in the Intensive Care Nursery (ICN), Dr. Tom Shimotake, Medical Director of the Intensive Care Nursery at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital

1:04:34 | What to expect in the Well-Baby Unit, Dr. Seth Bokser, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics

1:22:13 | Q&A


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions, including COVID-19 testing at the UCSF Birth Center, and keep them updated here (FAQ).


COVID-19 and your Pregnancy Care at UCSF: Mental Health in a Pandemic #2

Pregnancy during a pandemic is stressful. We are finding ourselves operating in unusual circumstances. This stress may exacerbate underlying depression and anxiety or introduce these emotions for the first time. Our panel of experts discuss common signs and symptoms, effects on pregnancy, and what we can offer you at UCSF to address these symptoms. Recorded Friday, April 17, 2020

Introductions and poll, Dr. Nazaneen Homaifar, OB/GYN (Moderator)

08:33 l Signs and Symptoms of anxiety and depression; how to access care at UCSF, Dr. Margo Pumar, Psychiatrist, Associate Medical Director for Integration and Collaborative Care at UCSF Medical Center

25:56 l Mental health effects on pregnancy, safety of medication, resources for our prenatal patients, RESOURCES, Dr. Amanda Yeaton-Massey, Perinatologist, Perinatal Wellness Team

37:31 l Other models of care, services for outpatients, Melissa Whippo, LCSW, Department of Pediatric Social Work

47:00 l Mindfulness Exercise, Melissa Whippo, LCSW, Department of Pediatric Social Work 52:10 l Q&A


COVID-19 and your Gynecologic Care at UCSF #3

COVID-19 has changed much of how we deliver care to our patients with gynecologic needs and conditions, including abortions, abnormal pap smears, contraception, fibroids, endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain. The experts on this panel discuss all the steps we are taking to make sure our patients are getting their care and what to expect in the next few months. Recorded Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Introductions and poll, Dr. Nazaneen Homaifar, OB/GYN (Moderator) 05:04 l Abortion care access, Dr. Tania Basu Serna, OBGYN and Family Planning Specialist at the Women's Options Center

10:22 l Well woman care, annual exams, contraception, Dr. Sara Whetstone, OBGYN

19:48 l Managing endometriosis and pelvic pain, Dr. Jessica Opoku-Anane, Gynecologist, Director of the UCSF Endometriosis Center and Medical Director of Minimally Invasive and Urogynecologic Surgery

34:36 l Fibroids, COVID-19 & addressing surgical delays, Dr. Alison Jacoby, Gynecologist and Director of the Comprehensive Fibroid Center and Gynecologic Surgery

44:05 l Dysplasia clinic updates regarding management of abnormal pap smears, Dr. George Sawaya, OBGYN and Director of the UCSF Center for Healthcare Value

51:30 l Q&A


COVID-19 and your Fertility Care at UCSF #4

COVID-19 has put a hold on many plans for patients who were eager to start families with assisted reproductive technology. Our panel of experts highlight what is currently being done at the Center for Reproductive Health and what you can expect in the next few months. Recorded Friday, April 24, 2020

Introductions and poll, Dr. Nazaneen Homaifar, OB/GYN (Moderator)

03:46 l American Society for Reproductive Medicine national recommendations, updates, and research, Dr. Marcelle Cedars, Division Director of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

26:24 l UCSF Center for Reproductive Health current state and updates, Dr. Evelyn Mok-Lin, Medical Director for Center for Reproductive Health

44:38 l Q&A


COVID-19 and your Gynecologic Oncology Care at UCSF #5

COVID-19 has changed much of how we deliver care to our patients. The experts on this panel will discuss care for UCSF patients with cancers of the reproductive organs during this time, including expectations for surgery, plans for chemotherapy and radiation, what to expect if you're in survivorship, and the latest updates on our research studies. Recorded Monday, April 27, 2020

Introductions and poll, Dr. Nazaneen Homaifar, OB/GYN (Moderator)

Dr. Lee-may Chen, Director of UCSF's gynecologic oncology division Dr. Megan Swanson, Gynecologic Oncologist Rebecca Gaffar, clinical research coordinator


Updates on Prenatal Care at UCSF during COVID-19 #6

Since our first Women's Health webinar on prenatal care during COVID-19 on 4/10/20, UCSF Medical Center has taken steps to expand COVID-19 testing. During this webinar, we discuss what this means for your prenatal care in clinic and at the Birth Center. Hear updates from the outpatient and inpatient side. Recorded Monday, May 18, 2020

Introductions and poll, Dr. Nazaneen Homaifar, OB/GYN (Moderator)

2:09 | Outpatient prenatal care updates with Dr. Roxanna Irani

22:30 | Inpatient prenatal care updates with Dr. Tushani Illangasekare 55:30 | Q&A


Pediatric care for our prenatal patients during COVID-19 #7

Many of our prenatal patients have questions about what to expect after delivery with their babies and how to navigate the transition home with with other members of the family. In this one hour webinar, we will talk to experts in the neonatal intensive care unit, well-baby nursery, and outpatient pediatric clinics to give you updates on COVID19 and pediatrics. We will cover which of our pediatric population get COVID19 testing, what to expect with your baby in the hospital, how to think about outside help and return to daycare, and what to know about your upcoming pediatric visits. Recorded Thursday, May 28, 2020

Introductions and poll, Dr. Nazaneen Homaifar, MD/MBA, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Moderator)

4:15 | Updates to the UCSF Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and recommendations for care during COVID19, Dr. Tom Shimotake (Medical Director of the Intensive Care Nursery)

22:58 | Updates to the UCSF Well Baby Nursery, Dr. Ilse Larson (Medical Director of Newborn Nursery)

33:58 | Updates to the UCSF Outpatient Pediatric Primary Care Clinic, Dr. Julie O’Brien (Medical Director of Pediatric Primary Care)

47:48 | Updates to our understanding of COVID19 in the pediatric population, Dr. Lee Atkinson-McEvoy (Chief, Division of General Pediatrics and Executive Medical Director Children’s Primary Care and Population Health)

57:36 | Q&A


COVID-19 and Pregnancy Studies: What is being done and what have we learned to date? #8

As rates of COVID19 continue to rise in the United States, the CDC and ACOG have formally suggested that COVID19 pregnant patients may be at higher risk for severe illness. What do we know about how COVID-19 can affect a pregnancy to-date and how strong is the data? Why has it been so hard to get this data? What do we know about racism and racial inequities and COVID-19? What studies are currently being done that may be available for patients at UCSF? Join us for a discussion to answer some of these questions. Recorded Monday, July 27, 2020.

Dr. Nazaneen Homaifar, MD/MBA, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Moderator)
Introduction and poll

5:38 | Dr. Stephanie Gaw, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Co-Principal Investigator of PRIORITY study and Co-Investigator of ASPIRE study

    How do our professional organizations weigh in during pandemics? (6:41)
    How do we sift through the early data? (15:00)
    What studies are we trying to conduct (PRIORITY study)? (27:52)
    What do know or strongly suspect so far? (32:27)

    43:32 | Dr. Eleni Greenwood Jaswa, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Co-Principal Investigator of ASPIRE study
    Is it safe to get pregnant during COVID-19? Do we have studies that show that egg or sperm quality are affected by COVID-19? (43:32)
    What studies are we trying to conduct (ASPIRE study)? (49:00)

    52:37 | Dr. Karen A. Scott, MD, MPH, FACOG, Associate Professor of OB/GYN, Principal Investigator of the SACRED Birth study, Founding Co-Investigator for HOPE study
    How do racism and racial inequities play into why Black and Latinx populations are experiencing the burden of COVID19? (53:20)
    What studies are we trying to conduct (HOPE and SACRED Birth Study)? (58:12)

    1:16:00 | Q&A and closing remarks


    Updates in Prenatal Care at UCSF during COVID-19 #9

    Since initiating changes to care delivery to prioritize patient safety during the COVID-19 Pandemic in March 2020, we've continued to fine tune our policies for prenatal care at UCSF. We've also learned more about the virus' effects on pregnancy. Hear updates on inpatient care (UCSF Birth Center) and outpatient prenatal care at UCSF and updates on ground-breaking UCSF studies on the effect of COVID-19 on pregnancy.

    Please note the following updates due to the rising COVID-19 cases in the Bay Area (as of 12/8/20):

    Outpatient: We will transition back to offering all prenatal visits virtually unless there is an urgent need for a physical exam. We will continue in-person visits for the new pregnancy confirmation visit, as well as the 28 week and 36 week visits (or as directed by your provider). At this time, we do not anticipate any changes in antenatal testing or ultrasound frequency. We continue to encourage all prenatal patients to monitor their blood pressure at home.

    Inpatient: Effective 12/8/20 at 7AM, only ONE visitor/support person per patient will be permitted at the UCSF Birth Center (1855 4th Street, 3rd floor). The person must screen negative for symptoms/exposures per UCSF health screen policies. The visitor is allowed to switch every 24 hours. Doulas are not an exception to this policy.


    What should you know about the COVID-19 vaccine if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding? #10

    The creation and roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine has brought hope for many as we think about normalizing life, as well as concerns about vaccine safety and efficacy. In our UCSF Women's Health Webinar you will learn more about the science behind the vaccine, its safety for pregnant or breastfeeding patients, and what professional organizations have said about its use in these populations.

    Dr. Nazaneen Homaifar, MD/MBA, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Moderator)