These videos provide a glimpse into our work to reduce the burden of prematurity and improve preterm birth outcomes for mothers, families, and babies.
What is the Preterm Birth Initiative?
The Preterm Birth Initiative at UCSF is dedicated to holistic, place-based research and respectful care across the reproductive life course. Learn more about our work in California and East Africa to move the needle on the epidemic of prematurity.
The Benefits of Kangaroo Care
Kangaroo care is the practice of holding a newborn skin-to-skin against the chest, providing warmth, feeding, protection from infection, and bonding. Holding a preterm baby for the first time can be scare, especially if they are born so small. But studies have shown the kangaroo care is associated with improved outcomes, fewer complications, and shorter hospital stays compared to conventional care.
Roman was born 11 weeks early. Now 11 years old and in 5th grade, he is happy, friendly, and excels at math. He also has cerebral palsy, which means he has trouble controlling his muscles and body movements — a complication from his being born prematurely. According to Roman's father, "with Roman's disability he could very easily just be in the background, but he doesn't want to be. And people want to interact with him. I think that's really his biggest strength."
Empowering people to take charge of their own health
Can genetics be a tool to personalize the care that people are getting and who is at risk for what? During the 2017 World Prematurity Day keynote session, Anne Wojcicki, CEO and co-founder of 23andMe, discussed the beauty of human diversity, and how to capture and teach people about it.
A day in the life of data: Every action counts
Strengthening the quality of data about preterm birth is crucial for capturing the true burden of prematurity and for determining where healthcare facilities need improvement. Learn more about the importance of accurate data in improving the health of mothers and preterm babies.
Case studies of Kangaroo Mother Care in Vietnam
Immediate and continuous kangaroo mother care (KMC) can help stabilize preterm babies and improve breastfeeding. Watch a series of KMC video case studies from Dr. Kim Chi Luong at the Tu Du Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Mothers co-create research agendas to reduce preterm birth
All of PTBi-CA’s research engages community stakeholders in order to achieve advances in prematurity that are relevant, translatable, and sustainable. Watch as PTBi California partners with mothers to prioritize research questions and evaluate research proposals for funding.
California residents talk about how premature birth has affected their lives
Prematurity is an epidemic that affects the lives of millions worldwide, and is the leading cause of death in children under age 5 each year. To turn the curve, we need to consider the social, environmental, and behavioral factors that affect prematurity risk, and how race and equity profoundly impact the starting point of life.