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PTBi Welcomes New Babies!

August 28, 2020
We are thrilled to welcome three new babies to our PTBi family and two more on the way! Please consider supporting these powerful advocates and their work by donating to their fundraisers. Brandi Gates-Burgess

Infant Feeding During COVID: Strategic Planning for Pregnancy, Postpartum and Beyond

August 27, 2020
Photo source: Aresha Auzenne​ via Brandi Gates-Burgess Nationally, Black women have the lowest rates of breastfeeding initiation in comparison to any other racial/ethnic groups. Black babies are dying at twice the rate of White babies and according to the CDC, increasing breastfeeding among...

PTBi's New Associate Director, Solaire Spellen

August 27, 2020
We are thrilled to welcome Solaire Spellen to the PTBi team on September 1st as our new Associate Director.

A Fond Farewell: Postnatal Director, Linda Franck, Transitions

August 26, 2020
Dear Community, It has been a privilege to serve the mission of PTBi-CA over the last five years, first as core faculty during the planning year, then as Co-Principal Investigator, and finally as Postnatal Research Director. While I will miss my PTBi-CA family, I am pleased to announce that I will...

PTBi Fellow Alum Wins BIRCWH Award!

August 03, 2020
We are thrilled to share that Transdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellow Alum and PTBi researcher, Deborah Karasek, was selected to be a coveted K12 Scholar in the Building Interdisciplinary Research in Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) program.

Paid Community Scientist Career Development Program Launches in Oakland

July 30, 2020
Pictured above - The inaugural Benioff Community Innovators (L-R) Elonda McCall, Sabra Bell, Haydee Orellana, Brianne Taylor, Karent Novelo, Randi Tanksley, and Cecilia Shephard

Doula Hotline is Launching for Black Birthing People

July 30, 2020
The following article is an excerpt from the Frontline Doula press release.

Former NICU Families Describe Gaps in Family-Centered Care

July 30, 2020
Findings from Former NICU Families Describe Gaps in Family-Centered Care are described by the author and PTBi director of postnatal interventions, Linda Franck. Additional authors include Krista Sigurdson, Jochen Profit, and Ravi Dhurjati, Christine Morton, Melissa Scala, Lelis Vernon, Ashley...

First-of-Its-Kind Study Launches to Assess Impact of COVID-19 and Pandemic on Both COVID Positive and Negative Birthing Persons

July 21, 2020
The research will Include Focus on the Birth Outcomes of Black, Latinx and Low-Income Populations Hardest Hit by COVID-19.

During COVID, Support Persons Necessary in NICUs and Birthing Rooms, Says CADPH

July 20, 2020
The following statement is from the California Department of Public Health, which can be seen here. Even though the California Department of Public Health recommends both parents be encouraged to accompany PICU and NICU patients, many California hospitals have not moved to do so yet. All...

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