Pregnancy and childbirth

Quality improvement package reduces stillbirth and newborn mortality in Kenya and Uganda

UCSF Bixby Center

Preterm birth remains a major contributor to infant mortality, accounting for more than a third of newborn deaths globally.

How some states are failing to ensure every mom has a healthy pregnancy

What to Expect
Ana Delgado talked to What to Expect about how factors like abortion restrictions, insurance coverage and access to midwifery care impact maternal health.

Food insecurity and postpartum stress among Kenyan women

UCSF Bixby Center
In new research, Bixby members explore patterns of food insecurity during pregnancy and postpartum and its relationship to postpartum stress in a region of Kenya with highly prevalent food insecurity and HIV.

Kenyan providers’ perceptions of communication and women’s autonomy during childbirth

UCSF Bixby Center

Effective communication, respecting women’s views and allowing them to make informed choices for themselves are vital components of person-centered care.

Meet Dr. Patience Afulani, researcher giving voice to women’s experiences

UCSF Bixby Center
Working as a medical doctor in a hospital in Ghana helped spark Dr. Patience Afulani's interest in maternal and child health and how they’re impacted by women’s experiences.

Legislature should end antiquated regulation for certified nurse-midwives

Dr. Biftu Mengesha urges California to pass legislation allowing certified nurse-midwives to practice independently in CalMatters.

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.