Giving Our Community Advisory Board Their Flowers

March 04, 2024
The “Reflections from the Community Advisory Board” video series does not only share kudos for the work that our community advisors have done for the last seven years but also puts on full display the beauty and unique value of partnering authentically with the community. The series debuted at the...

Voices for Birth Justice Video Series Debut

January 05, 2024
Since 2017, the heart and soul of the Preterm Birth Initiative has been its Community Advisory Board (CAB). The CAB, comprising mothers with preterm birth experience, birthworkers, and community members, participated in research, reviewed grant proposals, and made funding decisions. The CAB also...

Recently Published: Perspectives on PTBi’s Collective Anti-Racism Journey

December 27, 2023
Confronting institutionalized anti-Blackness is no small task. American companies and organizations sprung into action in the aftermath of the George Floyd protests, leading to a proliferation of statements and trainings. Now that the immediacy of that awakening has passed, many are left wondering...

Happy Holidays from PTBi

December 21, 2023
Dear PTBi friends and family, As we approach the close of the year, we want to extend our warmest holiday wishes to you and your loved ones. The season is a time for gratitude, and we find ourselves reflecting on our incredible shared journey. 

Celebrating Unity and Healing at the San Francisco County Black Birthworker Retreat

November 30, 2023
Experience the transformative unity and healing at the San Francisco County Black Birthworker Retreat.

I hope to be a mother one day.

By Solaire Spellen on November 17, 2023
Interim Executive Director Solaire Spellen urges us to amplify our voices, support critical initiatives, and address systemic racism in maternal healthcare. This #WorldPrematurityDay, let's commit to change.

Holiday Greetings from PTBi Leadership

December 15, 2022
PTBi leadership, Larry Rand, Alexis Cobbin, and Solaire Spellen reaffirm our commitment to anti-racism and celebrate current programs and initiatives to bring in the new year.

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.