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June 2021

Cost shouldn't impede access to abortion for Californians

Sarah Roberts of ANSIRH wrote about cost as a major barrier to abortion and California's Abortion Accessibility Act in CalMatters.

Reasons for pursuing self-managed abortion vary, as do experiences

UCSF Bixby Center

Interest in self-managed abortion in the US has grown as states pass more restrictive laws.

How to reduce anemia among women in rural India

UCSF Bixby Center

More than half of women of reproductive age in India have some level of anemia because they do not have enough healthy red blood cells.

As syphilis comes roaring back, newborn babies are tragic victims

Ina Park calls for greater investment in fighting congenital syphilis.

May 2021

Improving family-centered care in the neonatal intensive care unit

UCSF Bixby Center
Family care in neonatal intensive care units is a model that sees the infant’s family as a partner in caregiving. This approach includes family members in infant caregiving and decision making and provides support to families so they can be present and active in their infant’s care. Despite evidence that family-centered care improves infant and family outcomes, there isn’t agreement on the best way to implement it.

Could a common bacteria protect women in South Africa from HIV?

Good Things Guy
An innovative new study in South Africa by Bixby members Craig Cohen and Anke Hemmerling, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Aurum Institute and Ragon Institute will explore whether treatment with Lactin-V can protect women from HIV.

The importance of youth-centered maternity care

UCSF Bixby Center

Adolescent pregnancy and childbirth is a key area of global health. Physicians highlight the unique needs of pregnant adolescents and the importance of tailoring their care.

How to change an American medical system that harms Black maternal health

Los Angeles Times
Monica McLemore and Karen Scott call for programs that recognize and serve the needs and dignity of Black people, which should improve care and outcomes everyone.

Community college students are worried about birth control costs

UCSF Bixby Center

Ensuring access to contraception is an essential part of reproductive health care and autonomy. However, people face barriers to contraception such as lack of knowledge or financial limitations.

April 2021

The failing safety net is harming reproductive health

Common Dreams
Tracy Lin wrote about her research showing how economic and food insecurity during the pandemic affected women's reproductive health.