Improving Parent's Involvement in the NICU: mFICare has Launched!

November 20, 2018
The importance of a parent’s involvement in their premature infant’s care while in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit cannot be overstated. Parental participation has clearly been shown to improve health outcomes for premature babies in the NICU. However, the days, weeks or even months a parent...

Preterm Birth Initiative Seeking Faculty

November 08, 2018
We are excited to share that the UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and California Preterm Birth Initiative are searching for two faculty positions! 

Join us at the American Public Health Association Annual (APHA) Conference

November 07, 2018
This year we are excited to travel to San Diego for the annual American Public Health Association (APHA) Meeting and Expo, which will take place from November 10th through the 14th. With more than 12,000 people expected to attend, the event represents the largest annual gathering of public health...

Imagining Birth in a Just World

November 06, 2018
Imagine ...What birth would look like in a just world. ...If the information need about pregnancy, birthing and childrearing experiences was relatable and digestible. ...If California recognized premature birth as a critical health issue in our communities.

San Francisco Considers Proposition to Address Housing Crisis

November 05, 2018
Benioff Community Innovators share findings from their report on housing insecurity in San Francisco, 2017.

2018 Annual Symposium on Preterm Birth held in Kigali, Rwanda

October 08, 2018
Preterm Birth Through the Lens of Quality, Equity and Dignity October 2-4, 2018 Kigali, Rwanda

September Collaboratory - Beyond the NICU: Comprehensive Postnatal Support for Preterm Babies

September 28, 2018
Caring for a premature infant after they have been discharged from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is no small task. Parents often report feeling unprepared and overwhelmed as now the sole caregiver for an especially fragile child. This can be further complicated for parents grappling with...

August Collaboratory - Breastfeeding Policies: Global Trends, Conflicts of Interests and Consequences of Marginalized Communities

September 13, 2018
The words, “protect, promote and support breastfeeding” may not seem controversial, but to the shock and dismay of international delegates, the United States adamantly opposed these words just this summer at the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly.

Intergenerational Risk for Preterm Birth by Race/Ethnicity

September 11, 2018
Women who were born prematurely themselves are more likely to deliver prematurely. However, much of the evidence establishing intergenerational risk has focused on white women. We didn’t know if increased risk for delivering prematurely was consistent across racial/ethnic groups. Risk factors are...

Mamas, Speak Truth to Housing!

September 11, 2018
Stable housing is critical to improving the health of pregnant women and lowering rates of prematurity throughout San Francisco. Mama's, Speak Truth to Housing was a townhall prioritizing pregnant women in the midst of our San Francisco housing crisis. Powerfu voices from across our community ...