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.

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

Thank you to everyone who participated in this month's Collaboratory:

Leveraging Digital Technology to Impact Preterm Birth

December 11, 5:00 – 7:00pm PST
Mission Hall, Room 1400 
550 16th St, San Francisco
Appetizers served at 4:30pm

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