Pregnancy and childbirth

Responsive and respectful maternity care needs protection during COVID-19 crisis

The Conversation
Patience Afulani and Nadia Diamond-Smith write in The Conversation about why person-centered maternity care is even more important during the COVID-19 pandemic, when anxiety and risks are high.

America's maternal mortality crisis

Next Question with Katie Couric
Monica McLemore talked about structural racism and maternal mortality with Katie Couric on Next Question.

COVID-19 is no reason to abandon pregnant people

Scientific American
Monica McLemore argues that new rules prohibiting spouses or doulas during labor and delivery in many New York City hospitals are putting vulnerable populations at greater risk.

Typical measures may underestimate number of unintended pregnancies in the U.S.

UCSF Bixby Center
A new study from Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health looked at both measurements of pregnancy intention before women became pregnant and then again, once they were pregnant.

Women have a variety of reasons for visiting anti-abortion pregnancy centers

UCSF Bixby Center
In a new study, ANSIRH interviewed women who had visited pregnancy resource centers about their reasons for going and their experiences at the center.

What drives providers to disrespect and abuse women during childbirth?

UCSF Bixby Center
New Bixby research uses interviews with providers in 18 facilities in rural Kenya to examine drivers of disrespect and abuse during maternity care.

Do no harm: Bixby members work to deliver patient-centered care to women worldwide

UCSF Bixby Center
In honor of International Women's Day, the UCSF Institute for Global Health Sciences profiled the work of 3 Bixby members bringing patient-centered care to women around the world.

Black women in poor neighborhoods more likely to experience interpersonal racism

UCSF Bixby Center
New research led by Brittany Chambers looks and pregnant and early postpartum Black women’s exposure to structural racism and self-reported experience of racial discrimination and how those two are related.

Evidence supports holistic approach to helping women recover from fistula

UCSF Bixby Center
Alison El Ayadi contributed a paper to a supplement in the International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics to help fill the knowledge gap around the range of rehabilitation and reintegration services that are offered along with fistula repair surgery and identify areas where more research is needed.

Racial inequities in treatment for pain after cesarean birth

UCSF Bixby Center
Using information from North Carolina Women’s Hospital, Bixby member Dr. Ifeyinwa Asiodu and colleagues at the University of North Carolina, led by Dr. Jasmine Johnson, published the first study to explore whether a similar health inequity exists for pain treatment after cesarean birth.