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December 2016

Abortions do not harm long-term mental health

UCSF Bixby Center
As ANSIRH researcher Dr. Antonia Biggs recently told the New York Times, her new study suggests “expanding access to abortion care is more likely to protect women’s mental health than restricting women’s access to abortion care.”

Abortion is found to have little effect on women’s mental health

The New York Times
New analysis from the groundbreaking Turnaway Study finds that denying women abortion has negative consequences to their mental health in the short-term. The analysis also shows that women who receive a wanted abortion do not experience more long-term mental health consequences than those women denied abortion.

October 2016

Most women are highly certain about abortion decisions

UCSF Bixby Center
A recent study led by ANSIRH researchers showed that women visiting abortion providers had equal or greater certainty about their decisions than other patients do about reconstructive knee surgeries, common cancer treatments and myriad other health care decisions.

September 2016

Exploring the role of bacteria in vaginal health

UCSF Bixby Center

Certain vaginal infections like bacterial vaginosis (BV) are known to increase women’s chances of getting a sexually transmitted infection (STI),

How do Catholic hospitals handle reproductive health referrals?

UCSF Bixby Center

Catholic hospitals account for 15 percent of all acute care hospitals in the United States.

Promising new approach expands use of lifesaving HIV therapy

UCSF Bixby Center
A recent UCSF and Makerere University study tested a new approach for expanding the use of HIV treatment by focusing on changing health worker behaviors. Providers who gave updated care had patients two times more likely to begin antiretroviral therapy during the important 14-day period after becoming eligible.

Ensuring high quality care for mothers and newborns everywhere

UCSF Bixby Center
To address global gaps in the maternal mortality ratio, a Lancet review co-authored by the UCSF Bixby Center's Dr. Suellen Miller recommends 78 evidence-based practices to care for women and newborns around the time of birth.

Maternal deaths worldwide drop by half, yet shocking disparities remain

The Guardian
Study in Lancet shows a woman’s lifetime chance of dying from childbirth is one in 36 in sub-Saharan Africa, compared to one in 4,900 in richer countries.

Maricianah Onono named a 120 Under 40 Family Planning Leader

UCSF Bixby Center
Long-time Bixby collaborator Dr. Maricianah Onono has been named a 2016 winner of 120 Under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders.

A Zika toolkit for family planning providers

UCSF Bixby Center
The UCSF Bixby Center and US Office of Population Affairs (OPA) has created a toolkit for family planning providers to counsel non-pregnant women and their partners about birth control in the context of Zika.