Women’s and Children’s Health

Nurturing the Future

Good starts matter in life. Just think about a class of kindergarteners—learning and growing into healthy, curious kids with long and interesting lives ahead of them. But who they are as 5-year-olds depends in so many ways on the health of their mothers, and on the care that both moms and children receive along the way. Today, both women and children face increasing health threats: asthma, diabetes, obesity, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, stroke. That’s why we’ve made the health of women and children a priority for ongoing discovery.

Here at Cedars-Sinai, skilled neonatologists and pediatricians work with preeminent obstetricians and gynecologists to improve pregnancy outcomes, reduce premature births, address infertility, and treat conditions requiring specialized surgery. Your gift to our research endowment can accelerate that work and help more women and children lead healthy lives. Somewhere, a young baby, a bright and beautiful kindergartener, and a woman in love with her life are thanking you.

Margareta D. Pisarska, MD

Margareta D. Pisarska, MD, investigates premature ovarian failure and aging as it relates to infertility in women.

Cedars-Sinai has developed a comprehensive program of care for women and children in all stages of life. Historical benchmarks include:

  • Pioneering new high-resolution and 3-D ultrasound protocols to diagnose & treat developing fetuses
  • Advancing the largest in-patient perinatal facility in Southern California to care for mothers with pregnancy-related complications
  • Determining genetic causes of skeletal birth defects in children
  • Creating new approaches to prevent and treat premature infant lung, heart, and eye diseases
  • Offering a comprehensive Labor & Delivery unit that ranks amongst the top 3 on the west coast for volume of obstetrical deliveries
  • Developing a patented surgical approach for Hirschsprung’s Disease in infants
  • Understanding how infections attack and damage the tissues of young children
  • Mastering minimally invasive treatments for a range of gynecological conditions
Department of Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Researchers in Cedars-Sinai’s division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine investigate the role of maternal stress on fetal growth.

Research already in progress at Cedars-Sinai promises to:

  • Find the link between low birth weight and heart disease risk as an adult
  • Identify genetic risk factors associated with Crohn’s Disease and Colitis—diseases impacting a greater number of children every year
  • Develop new methods to combat antibiotic-resistant “MRSA” bacteria—a pandemic threat—through research in the division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
  • Reduce the incidence of maternal mortality in childbirth
  • Advance innovative therapies for inflammatory bowel disease in children
  • Create a blood test for early detection of ovarian cancer while developing individualized treatment plans for ovarian, uterine, tubal, and cervical cancers
Kim Gregory, MD

Keeping Mothers and Babies Healthy

Kim Gregory, MD, constantly looks for new ways to keep mothers and babies healthy. She looks at the health and lifestyles of pregnant women. She studies the practices of delivery rooms. And she investigates the post-delivery conditions of women and newborns.

“Childbirth is the No. 1 reason for hospitalization,” Dr. Gregory says, “and the biggest issue in obstetrics is cesarean delivery,” an increasingly common elective surgery. Her team has developed methods to guide the National Center of Health Statistics in determining why cesarean sections are performed and their impact on patient health.

Gregory is also exploring how the environment in utero affects the diseases people may contract later in life, studying the effects of steroids used during at-risk early deliveries, and tracking the rates of infection in women after childbirth.

“Obstetrics deals with two human beings simultaneously—the mother and the baby. Research is critical to understanding how we can protect and improve the health of both patients. And private gifts are critical to advancing this type of research.”

—Kim Gregory, MD

Department of Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Physicians in the Department of Maternal-Fetal Medicine focus on new diagnostic and treatment methods for women with high-risk pregnancies.

Current priorities include:

  • Establishing a state-of-the-art Perinatal Research Center
  • Funding to advance Cedars-Sinai’s world-class Neonatal Intensive Care and Pediatric Intensive Care Units within the Maxine Dunitz Children’s Health Center
  • Increasing support for new research scientists and post-doctoral fellows
  • Endowed chairs to expand vital work in Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Reproductive Medicine, and Neonatology

You can also show your support by creating a tile on the Baby Tribute Gallery, which honors children born at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Proceeds support the research of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.