Prematurity matters. It’s a life-threatening epidemic.

Each year across the world, one million preterm babies die within the first 28 days of life. Of the 14 million more preterm babies who survive, many are faced with a lifetime of serious health complications.

The UCSF Preterm Birth Initiative (PTBi) is a multi-year research effort working to reduce the burden of prematurity in California and East Africa. PTBi engages in holistic, place-based research and respectful care across the reproductive life course.

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PTBi-CA is currently accepting applications for Innovation Awards in prematurity research. Applications are due February 26, 2018.


World Prematurity Day was November 17th, honoring families impacted by prematurity and raising awareness about this silent epidemic.

Death by Delivery: Film Screening and Panel Discussion in honor of Black History Month


February 27, 5:30 – 8:00pm PST
Bayview Opera House

Follow @UCSFPTBi and #UCSFPTBi on Twitter for highlights from the event.