Pregnancy and childbirth

The problem with penalizing women who drink while pregnant

Glamour
A new study by Sarah Roberts of ANSIRH finds that, "States with punitive policies tend to also have a history of restrictive reproductive rights laws, as opposed to states that have supportive policies."

The rise of punitive alcohol and pregnancy policies

UCSF Bixby Center
A study from ANSIRH’s Sarah Roberts and colleagues found that states with restrictive reproductive rights laws also tend to have more policies that punish women who drink alcohol while pregnant.

The threat to birth control access in the Trump era

The New Yorker
"If access to contraception becomes more difficult, women will assume the greater burden," writes Alexis Okeowo, citing recent research by Dr. Katrina Kimport of ANSIRH.

Primary care providers fall short on pregnancy options counseling

UCSF Bixby Center
A recent survey of primary care physicians (PCPs) found that while most believe their colleagues should counsel women on all options for unintended pregnancy, they often fail to do so in their own practices.

The (uncertain) future of reproductive health care in America

UCSF Bixby Center
The Bixby Center recently cosponsored a panel discussion, moderated by Claire Brindis, DrPH, about how looming changes to federal laws and policies may affect reproductive health care.

The gap between contraceptive preference and use

UCSF Bixby Center
Although long-acting and permanent birth control methods, known as LARC and sterilization respectively, appeal to many people, systemic barriers can make them harder to begin using.

Increasing implant use by offering immediate postpartum insertion

UCSF Bixby Center
A new study finds that postpartum women are much more likely to use implants if they are inserted immediately following delivery.

How can states integrate family planning into their Zika responses?

UCSF Bixby Center
A new article chronicles the efforts of eight at-risk states to integrate family planning into their Zika response plans and expand available services.

Simple device reduces postpartum bleeding in critical care patients

UCSF Bixby Center
Bixby researchers have previously proven that a simple, low-tech device, known as a non-pneumatic anti-shock garment (NASG), can prevent maternal deaths due to severe postpartum bleeding. A new study tested the garment’s effectiveness in a critical care setting in Colombia.

Pregnancy tests are a cost-effective maternal health intervention

UCSF Bixby Center

Low-cost, innovative interventions are critical to improving maternal and infant mortality rates in developing countries.