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San Francisco shows paid family leave should be designed with an equity approach

UCSF Bixby Center
In 2017, San Francisco implemented the first fully paid leave law in the US. The law requires that most private sector employers in the city make up the difference from what California’s partially funded leave program offers, so workers have 100% wage replacement for 6 weeks after the birth of a child. New research using birth certificates and hospital records investigated whether the paid leave ordinance was associated with improved birth outcomes.

Women’s social networks influence decisions around prenatal care

UCSF Bixby Center
A new study led by Alison Comfort explores reliance on social ties for information about starting prenatal care in Uganda.

Racism motivates and hinders aspiring midwives of color

UCSF Bixby Center
New research from the Abortion Care Training Incubator for Outstanding Nurse Scholars (ACTIONS) program at the University of California, San Francisco, and Commonsense Childbirth found that the high cost of midwifery education and related costs like loss of income while enrolled in school were major barriers for people of color wanting to enter midwifery education.

Health care provider decision making on reporting prenatal substance use

UCSF Bixby Center
Researchers from ANSIRH conducted in-depth interviews with hospital-based healthcare providers to understand factors that contribute to their decision making related to reporting people’s substance use to government health authorities, police or CPS.

Prenatal care is crucial to preventing congenital syphilis

UCSF Bixby Center
New research analyzing data on pregnant people with syphilis and their infants in California found that receiving late or no prenatal care, early stage of syphilis, and living in Central California were linked to congenital syphilis.

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Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences
Safe Motherhood Program
 

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Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology, San Francisco General Hospital

 

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