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Uplifting Black Breastfeeding with Community Resources, Culturally Concordant Care, Legal Aid, and Hospital Policy

October 18, 2022
Breast/chestfeeding is an important mechanism that can provide significant health benefits for both the postpartum person and their infant. In San Francisco, 94% of mothers surveyed intended to breastfeed after birth and 70% of those women hoped to exclusively breastfeed.

RecomMENDations for Healing a Biased Healthcare System

September 29, 2022
Implicit bias training is now mandated for providers in California. Designed to tackle the racial disparity gap in maternal health outcomes, the intent of SB464 is to improve clinical outcomes for Black women and birthing people. However, it is unknown whether implicit bias training has a...

In The News: 'Aftershock' Confronts The Black Maternal Health Crisis — PTBi Interviewed

July 21, 2022
There is a maternal health crisis in the U.S. and Black women are most affected. Black women are three times more likely to die during pregnancy or childbirth than white women, according to the CDC.

It's July! Catch up with PTBi

July 19, 2022
We’ve had over 1,500 people attend our 4 Collaboratories this year, 6 new publications, and so many partnerships built and fostered. Here's a recap of what we have been able to achieve together:

Hackers for Birth Justice: Recap of Our First Hackathon

July 05, 2022
In early June, the California Preterm Birth Initiative (PTBi) and Twilio co-hosted Hackers for Birth Justice — the first annual Hackathon event where tech and birth equity meet to improve Black infant and maternal health outcomes. Imagine what we can achieve when we put tech experts and mothers...

Black Fertility Matters: Stories, Myths, and Resources from Provider and Community Champions

June 29, 2022
Black families are almost never depicted on billboards or in informational brochures on infertility. Yet Black women are 1.5-2 times more likely to experience infertility than all other women. The myth of Black women’s hyperfertility, a product of Black enslavement, continues to be perpetuated in...

Abortion Resources Following The Dobbs Ruling

June 27, 2022
All people should have full access to all healthcare options—including abortion. Listed below are resources for those whose options are restricted and uplift organizations that are working to protect reproductive rights and access.

Rally for Black Birth Justice

May 12, 2022
We held the first California Rally for Black Birth Justice on May 11! Take part in an ongoing movement to mobilize statewide solutions for improved Black infant and maternal health outcomes. Share your call for Black birth justice with our social media toolkit. Access it here!

Bringing an Anti-Racism Lens to Implementation Research: Centering Communities to Inform Prenatal Care in Fresno

May 05, 2022
Fresno County has one of California's highest preterm birth rates, especially among Black families residing in West Fresno. How can we better center people with lived experiences in monitoring and evaluating the success of an intervention?

Coping with the Reality of Anti-Blackness in America: Black Moms Discuss “The 400 Year Holocaust” by Dante King

April 15, 2022
Over a million Black women give birth and become mothers each year in the U.S. For Black Maternal Health Week, we invited Black moms in America to share how they navigate an inherently anti-Black society while building healthy and thriving lives for themselves, their children, and their families.

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