The UCSF Preterm Birth Initiative


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 is a multi-year research effort working to reduce the burden of prematurity in California and East Africa. We engage in holistic, place-based research and respectful care across the reproductive life course.

Featured video: Learn more about the benefits of Kangaroo care.

Watch a short video about a novel method for involving women of color at high risk for preterm birth in research priority setting.

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

Black Women's Perspectives on Structural Racism across the Reproductive Lifespan:


July 12, 12:30 – 3:00pm PST
Presevation Park

Please RSVP here!

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