Happy Holidays from PTBi

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. 

We're on a mission to take a broader approach. 

As you know, initially, our focus was singular, centered on preterm birth. However, with the Black maternal health crisis raging on, we're expanding our scope to confront the multifaceted challenges Black women and birthing people face.

Through the development of a new UCSF center for birth justice, we will be able to broaden our approach to include the full scope of birth outcomes where racial disparities continue to be unacceptable. From innovative projects to impactful policy work, our efforts will reach far beyond the boundaries we once set. That’s why our partnership with you has never been more important – this is hard work, and it only continues with your support and collaboration. We invite you to share your ideas, projects, and potential connections with us. Whether you have insights on research, policy topics, innovations, or funders we should engage, your input is, and has always been, invaluable.

We wish you a safe and happy holiday season.

As we celebrate this festive season, we hope it brings joy, warmth, and moments of reflection. May you and your loved ones find peace and happiness throughout the holidays and into the new year.

Thank you for being on this journey with us. Your support propels us forward, and together, we're making a meaningful impact on maternal and infant health equity and justice.

To continue supporting us in the new year, please consider these options:



Don’t have a lot of time but still want to help by donating? UCSF’s minimum online donation is $25, but you can donate in smaller amounts via physical mail or phone. Your generosity, no matter the amount, is crucial in sustaining our mission.

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Warm regards,

Solaire Spellen, Areca Smit, and Larry Rand

PTBi Executive Leadership Team