Bixby News

Improving family-centered care in the neonatal intensive care unit

May 27, 2021
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...

The importance of youth-centered maternity care

May 18, 2021
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. Yet there is little research on pregnant adolescents’ perspectives of their maternity care, or how their perspectives compare...

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

Los Angeles Times | May 14, 2021
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

May 06, 2021
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. Previous research has shown that young women don’t know a lot about the full range of available methods...

Texans turned to nearby states for abortions after new restrictions

April 21, 2021
In 2013, Texas implemented House Bill 2, a package of restrictions that led to the shutdown of more than half of the state’s abortion clinics. Such abortion restrictions that severely curtail access may result in increases in out-of-state travel for care. New research from ANSIRH looked at the...

Incarcerated women need better lactation support policies

April 15, 2021
The US has the largest population of incarcerated women in the world, with women of childbearing age accounting for roughly 75% of all women who are imprisoned. We know there are postpartum women in prisons and jails. Ensuring they can breastfeed or pump is a matter of health equity and justice....

Meet Dr. Ina Park, physician fighting STI stigma

April 06, 2021
Not everyone is willing to dress up like a giant condom on Valentine’s Day. But Dr. Ina Park, Medical Director for the California Prevention Training Center, has always been willing to push boundaries to educate people. Dr. Park noticed in college that she was the person her friends would come to...

Abortion certainty does not increase in states with mandated waiting periods

April 06, 2021
More than half of U.S. states require patients to wait 18 to 72 hours after mandated counseling before having an abortion. Proponents of mandatory waiting periods claim they aid decision-making for those uncertain about their decision. However, a new study from ANSIRH researchers found that living...

Stress and burnout among maternity providers in western Kenya

April 01, 2021
Stress and burnout among healthcare workers has been recognized as a global crisis. However few studies have examined this phenomenon among healthcare providers in sub-Saharan Africa and even fewer among maternity providers. Prolonged stress without adequate coping mechanisms can lead to burnout,...

Pharmacists can effectively dispense mifepristone for abortions

March 17, 2021
Current FDA requirements mandate that mifepristone, a drug used for medication abortions, be dispensed by certified healthcare providers in clinics, medical offices, or hospitals. Such requirements may be a barrier to accessing medication abortion. One survey found that removing such restrictions...