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"A lot of people in my community don't know what premature birth is or that we are more likely to experience it. That is why I participate. I want to change that."
- Research Participant



The PRAXIS Study

What are Black women and birthing person's perspectives on using Asprin during pregnancy? How do providers feel about prescribing Asprin during pregnancy? This Black-led study is hoping to learn more about people's perspectives on this potentially effective drug. 

The Study

The Pregnancy, Race, and Aspirin - eXploration of Individuals’ Stances (PRAXIS) Study seeks to assess the knowledge of and perspectives toward aspirin and other medication and supplement use in pregnancy among prenatal care providers and Black women and birthing persons.

The overall goal of this research study is to promote health equity through the promotion of person-centered counseling and decision-making around medication and supplement use in pregnancy for Black women and birthing persons.

Who Can Participate and How

  • For Black women and birthing persons:
    • Self-identify as African American/Black
    • Live in the United States
    • Currently pregnant or delivered in the past 12 months
  • For prenatal care providers:
    • Providing prenatal care independently
    • Work in the United States.


The first-of-its-kind study focused on finding out how the virus and its social impact is affecting pregnant women, birthing persons, and infants.

The Study

The HOPE COVID-19 Study is looking at how the virus that causes COVID-19 and factors associated with the pandemic like stress and social distancing might affect a woman or birthing person's risk for certain kinds of adverse pregnancy outcomes, like preterm birth and preeclampsia, as well as newborn and infant health.

We are especially interested in how the pandemic is affecting low-income and Black and Brown women and birthing persons who often suffer the impacts of systematic racism and are already at increased risk for adverse outcomes.

Who Can Participate and How

  • Survey only cohort:
    Pregnant women and birthing persons who are 18 years of age or older can participate by filling out surveys during pregnancy until their baby is 18 months old. Currently enrolling!!
  • The survey + testing cohort:
    Pregnant women and birthing persons who are 18 years of age or older can participate by filling out surveys and having laboratory testing done during pregnancy until their baby is 18-months old. Participants can receive up to $550 in gift cards! Enrolling late summer 2020.

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The California Preterm Birth Initiative (PTBi) is excited to announce a new collaboration with the First 5 Center for Children’s Policy. PTBi and First 5 Center are collaborating to identify best practices and promising solutions to improve maternal and infant health outcomes for Black families in California, with a particular focus on infant mortality and maternal morbidity. PTBi will specifically research best practices from across the country related to prenatal and infant health programs intended to improve outcomes for Black families; research the efforts taken so far in California to reduce infant mortality and morbidity and their understood effects; and work with researchers, advocates, practitioners and other stakeholders to design a short and long-term strategy for improved outcomes for Black families. Initial activities for this collaboration will be led by Alexis Cobbins, Shanell Williams, and Solaire Spellen along with support from several PTBi team members, community partners, stakeholders and graduate student researchers.

The Community Researcher for this project will be an individual that is based in Southern California (preferably Los Angeles County) with experience working for organization(s) serving black birthing people and families. The Community Researcher will have strong connections in the social service field and an understanding of the social determinants and systemic factors that influence infant mortality and morbidity. The researcher will help to engage individuals with lived experience of infant mortality and morbidity as well as community-based stakeholders that work directly with the population. 

UC San Francisco seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. The University of California San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

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