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 Postdoctoral Fellow Jennifer Felder and Community Advisory Board members Hope Williams and Daphina Melbourne featured in this San Francisco Chronicle story on sleep disorders and preterm birth.

November 17th is World Prematurity Day. Please join us in honoring families impacted by prematurity and raising awareness about this silent epidemic. 

Please join us at a very special event:

Health Equity at Birth: What Will it Take?

The Commonwealth Club, in association with the UCSF Preterm Birth Initiative,
Kickoff Event of the Preterm Birth Initiative Annual Symposium: Racism and Prematurity

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