January '19 Collaboratory: The Healing Power of Doulas

January 24, 2019
The centerpiece of our January Collaboratory was the power, impact and, importance of community doulas as one potential solution to the Black maternal mortality crisis we face as a nation.  Moderated by Marna Armstead, a founding member of SisterWeb and Program Director of Kindred Birth Companions...

The SOLARS Study is Launching!

January 22, 2019
We are proud to announce that the Supporting Our Ladies And Reducing Stress to Prevent Preterm Birth (SOLARS) will be launching on February 1st! SOLARS is one of the first, large-scale studies, designed by women of color, to help us understand the impact of stress, anxiety, and racism - in addition...

Help us welcome our new team members!

January 18, 2019
Please join us in welcoming four new members to the California Preterm Birth Initiative Team! We could not be more honored to have such visionary and passionate people help us achieve our mission of eliminating racial disparities in preterm birth!

Fresno PTBi’s African American Youth Leaders Academy (AAYLA) Featured in NPR Story

January 08, 2019
Authored by: Kendalyn Mack, Olga Gutierrez De Nunez 

PTBi-CA and Bixby Present Legislative Briefing in Sacramento

December 18, 2018
On December 10th, California Preterm Birth Initiative joined UCSF's Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health to present a legislative briefing to the legislative staff in Sacramento. The goal of the briefing was to build relationships with staff to provide expertise on reproductive issues in...

How the Midterm Election Results Impacts our Reproductive Health and Rights

December 17, 2018
The centerpiece of our December Collaboratory was the November 2018 midterm elections and how they are influencing reproductive health and rights both federally, and throughout California. Moderated by Claire Brindis, Director of the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, the discussion...

PTBi-CA Welcomes New Community Advisory Board Members at Orientation

December 17, 2018
We are thrilled to present the new cohort of our Community Advisory Board! Joining many of our returning members from Fresno, Oakland, and San Francisco are eight community leaders who are dedicated to advocating for Black and Brown parents who face reproductive injustices every day.

PTBi-CA Contributes to Major Global Report Urging Specialized Treatment for Premature Infants

December 12, 2018
Global coalition calls for better care and stronger legislation to save babies on the brink of death

Routes to Success for Medicaid Coverage of Doula Care: An Issue Brief

December 11, 2018
The Issue Racism and racial bias in health care have helped contribute to what is now coming to be understood as a national crisis of maternal deaths for women of color, in particular, Black and Indigenous/American Indian women. The statistics are shocking: Black women are three to four times as...

We Helped to Create New Technology to Monitor Premies' Temperature

December 10, 2018
We are proud to have partnered with bioengineers at UCSF and Texas Instruments to develop an adhesive embedded flexible wireless temperature sensor for remotely and accurately monitoring temperature (and potentially other vital signs) in NICU babies. Our Co-Principal Investigator, Linda Franck, and...