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 ...

Doula Program Announced in San Francisco

September 05, 2018
San Francisco President of the Board of Supervisors’ Malia Cohen announced the launch of the City’s Doula Program, creating access to culturally relevant doula services for families in San Francisco most at risk maternal mortality and premature birth.

Mapping risk and resilience for premature birth in Fresno County

August 22, 2018
With so many factors influencing a healthy pregnancy, how can we maximize healthy outcomes for a whole city, or county? The answer may be in a tailored approach. A recent study, published in the Journal of Epidemiological Research and authored by a team in the California Preterm Birth Initiative,...

Healthy Birth Outcomes through Cross-Sector Collaboration

August 21, 2018
Cross-sector collaborations offer a way forward in their ability to direct multiple actors and interventions toward the same goal. In this report, FSG highlights lessons learned from two of their birth outcomes projects in Fresno County, California, and Staten Island, New York, to offer others...

July Collaboratory: Black Women's Perspectives on Structural Racism Across the Reproductive Lifecourse

July 25, 2018
How do you measure experiences of racism? What about measuring the ways structural racism impacts our current lives? Some measures for structural racism have been developed but Black women’s voices have largely been missing from this process. Dr. Brittany D. Chamber’s research is seeking to remedy...

2017-2018 Program Update

July 24, 2018
As we step into a new programmatic year, we're reflecting on accomplishments of 2017-2018 and are so proud of what we've achieved, together. We are delighted to share our program update with you!

The Parent Clinician Advisory Board All-Site Meeting

July 23, 2018
Involving patients, families and communities in the planning and implementation of research improves the quality and applicability of research findings. Unfortunately, parents and clinicians who have first-hand experience caring for infants in neonatal intensive care units NICUs rarely have the...