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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.

Texans turned to nearby states for abortions after new restrictions

UCSF Bixby Center

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.

Incarcerated women need better lactation support policies

UCSF Bixby Center

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.

Getting rid of this one piece of legislation could transform abortion access. But, will it happen?

Refinery29
Dr. Katie Brown talked to Refinery29 about the Hyde amendment and other barriers that patients face when they seek abortion care.

Meet Dr. Ina Park, physician fighting STI stigma

UCSF Bixby Center
Dr. Ina Park's drive to change the way people think about STIs inspired her to write her new book, Strange Bedfellows: Adventures in the Science, History and Surprising Secrets of STDs.