New Bill Introduces Medi-Cal Covered Doula Care in CA

February 24, 2020
Photo credit: Assembly Member Eloise Gomez Reyes On February 17th, Assembly Member Eloise Gomez Reyes announced the following on her Facebook page:

Fathers of Color in NICUs Need Centered Communications

February 13, 2020
Findings from What about the men? Perinatal experiences of men of color whose partners were at risk for preterm birth, a qualitative study are described by the author and PTBi researcher, Linda S. Franck. Additional authors include Brittany Edwards, Monica R. McLemore, Kimberly Baltzell, Allen...

How girls and women can help lead the effort to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) to combat preterm birth and related disparities

By Laura Jelliffe-Pawlowski, PhD on February 11, 2020
Dr. Jelliffe-Pawlowski is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatistics in the UCSF School of Medicine and is Director of Discovery and  Precision Health with the UCSF California Preterm Birth Initiative

Skin-to-Skin Contact for Just 1 Hour Shows Evidence of Significant Decrease in NICU Infant Stress

February 04, 2020
Findings from Oxidative Stress Biomarker Decreased in Preterm Neonates Treated With Kangaroo Mother Care are described by the author and PTBi researcher, Dr. Dorothy Forde. Additional authors include Douglas D. Deming, John C. Tan, Raylene M. Phillips, Eileen K. Fry-Bowers, Mary K. Barger, Khaled...

Black Pregnant Women in Poor Neighborhoods 4x More Likely to Experience Interpersonal Racism

January 29, 2020
Findings from the study show that 45% of Black women who reside in most deprived neighborhoods reported experiencing racial discrimination across their lifetime when getting medical care compared to 10% of Black women residing in the least deprived neighborhoods.

How Black Doctors Shaped California's History

January 29, 2020
Our January Collaboratory honored the historical figures who broke through countless barriers to serve their communities and alter the course of history.

Doula Training for People of Color Hosted by PTBi

January 27, 2020
Please note the doulas in the image are wearing shirts from PTBi's Voices for Birth Justice public awareness campaign. 

Digital Prenatal Insomnia Treatment Found to be Twice as Effective as Standard Care

January 21, 2020
A new study published today in JAMA Psychiatry has shown that digital cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) is an effective, scalable and safe intervention for improving its symptoms during pregnancy. The findings could help the one in seven pregnant women struggling with insomnia and...

Working in partnership with communities: listening to women’s lived experiences to help set research priorities to address the preterm birth epidemic

January 10, 2020
A new paper in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth presents research questions prioritized by women affected by preterm birth.  In this blog post, the authors, including both healthcare professionals and community representatives, discuss how they have made their research and funding processes more...