Pregnancy and childbirth


How women felt about telehealth pregnancy care during the COVID pandemic

UCSF Bixby Center
New findings from the COVID-19 Impacts on Reproduction in the United States (CIRUS) Study show what patients thought of the quality of their telehealth visits and what kind of care they want in the future.

Understanding Black women’s pregnancy discrimination experiences

UCSF Bixby Center
Renee Mehra of ACTIONS and colleagues conducted interviews with Black pregnant women in New Haven, Connecticut, to better understand the intersectional aspects of their lived experience looking for work, working while pregnant, and returning to work after giving birth.

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.

Pregnancy and childbirth Resources


Health Economist, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences

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

Academic Coordinator, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences
Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health

Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences
Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology, San Francisco General Hospital


Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences