Pregnant women of color experience disempowerment by health care providers

By Jake Ellison at University of Washington on August 28, 2019
A new study finds that women of color perceive their interactions with doctors, nurses and midwives as being misleading, with information being “packaged” in such a way as to disempower them by limiting maternity healthcare choices for themselves and their children. 

Reflections on Recent Tragedies: The Impact of Gun Violence

August 13, 2019
Dear PTBi Community and Partners, I am trying to find the right words to describe my feelings in light of the shootings in Gilroy, El Paso and Dayton. It’s clear that we cannot retreat into business as usual given the impact of these devastating events.

New Study - Information and power: Women of color's experiences interacting with health care providers in pregnancy and birth

August 13, 2019
Interview with study lead researcher, Molly Altman. Study Authors: Molly R. Altman, Talita Oseguera, Monica R. McLemore, Ira Kantrowitz-Gordon, Linda S. Franck, Audrey Lyndon  

Achieving Breastfeeding Equity through the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative

August 12, 2019
We would not have the resources we now have for breastfeeding support if it wasn't for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. To have breastfeeding as one of the basics, as one of the things that have to be covered, it's a game-changer.

Fresno County Preterm Birth Initiative Celebrates Five Years of Success, Transitions Collective Impact Operations to Community Partners

August 12, 2019
After five years of building strong community coalitions to address the preterm birth epidemic, the Fresno County Preterm Birth Initiative (Fresno PTBI) has evolved its collective impact operations to a virtual model, whereby its activities will be managed by a network of Fresno community-based...

Dual Burden Birth: Tanisha's story

August 06, 2019
Tanisha with her son, who was born prematurely. Photo credit: Tanisha Fuller When Tanisha Fuller, then 26, woke up in the middle of the night with a sharp pain between her shoulder blades, she thought it was just gas. Being six months pregnant with her third child, she was hoping the pain was...

1 in 270 Births Have “Dual Burden” of Prematurity and Severe Maternal Complications

By Rachel Harrison at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing on July 16, 2019
Study of 3 Million California Births Emphasizes Need for Proactive, Coordinated Care for Families Simultaneously Impacted by Preterm Birth and Maternal Morbidity

A Father's Power: Supporting Fathers during Pregnancy and Premature Birth

July 12, 2019
We don’t see the dads, or partners, as an asset and that is very Fresno. We look at the problems and don’t see the strengths we have. We can change that. Bob Nelson, Superintendent Fresno Unified School District

PTBi Members Testify in Sacramento for SB 464

July 12, 2019
Update: On October 7, 2019 California Governor, Gavin Newsom, signed SB 464 into law!

Expecting Justice's Racial Equity 101 Toolkit Now Available

July 11, 2019
We are excited to share that our San Francisco Collective Impact program, Expecting Justice, has created the Racial Equity 101 Toolkit, A Series of Tools to Advance Racial Equity in the Workplace. The toolkit includes anti-racist leadership self-assessments, guides to initiating conversations about...