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June 2018

PRONTO training improves childbirth practices in Mexico

UCSF Bixby Center
A new study found that providers who received PRONTO training were more likely to implement practices the World Health Organization recommends to improve patient outcomes and prevent childbirth complications.

Should preventing unintended pregnancy be family planning's holy grail?

Dr. Christine Dehlendorf writes that all people have the fundamental right to have children or not. Our family planning programs, and our measures of success, should elevate that undeniable truth instead of repeating our problematic history.

Structural racism increases the risk of preterm birth and infant mortality in California

UCSF Bixby Center
New research led by the Preterm Birth Initiative looks at how racial and economic disparities, and the ways they intersect, affect preterm birth and infant mortality among Black women in California.

Do women know their hospital is Catholic?

UCSF Bixby Center
New research from ANSIRH and the University of Chicago Medicine shows that more than one-third of women were not aware that the hospital where they would seek reproductive health care has a religious affiliation

May 2018

Abortion not linked to increased risk of suicidal thoughts

UCSF Bixby Center
New research from ANSIRH’s Turnaway Study found no evidence that women who have abortions are at higher risk of developing symptoms of suicidal ideation than women denied abortions.

Make no mistake--Trump's Title X decision is a real threat to women's lives

Bixby's Dr. Sanithia Williams writes about how women of color and women who receive a low income, who already face significant inequities in our healthcare system, will bear the burden of the callous and unjust "domestic gag rule."

Exploring women’s preferences for birth companionship in Kenya

UCSF Bixby Center
A new study from the Bixby Center, UCSF Institute for Global Health Studies and the Kenya Medical Research Institute is the first study to explore how companionship during birth is practiced in Kenya and how patients and providers perceive it.

Meet Dr. Biftu Mengesha, fierce advocate for reproductive justice

UCSF Bixby Center
A revelatory experience as a medical student in a maternal-child hospital ward set Dr. Biftu Mengesha on the path to providing compassionate, patient-centered care as an Assistant Professor in the Bixby Center

27 cities in the US are “abortion deserts"

UCSF Bixby Center
ANSIRH conducted a first-of-its-kind study that focused on online searches to replicate the experience of people searching for information about where to find abortion care.

Young women don’t know about the IUD as emergency contraception

UCSF Bixby Center
New research from the Bixby Center and Planned Parenthood shows that very few young women had heard of using the IUD as a form of emergency contraception.