University of California San Francisco

Parents deserve healthy pregnancies, and newborns deserve healthy starts in life.

Worldwide, the epidemic of prematurity cuts too many pregnancies and newborn lives short.

Despite decades of research,

little has changed to prevent preterm birth and address systems of care that surround pregnant women.

We’re here to change that.

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The UCSF Preterm Birth Initiative

conducts and funds research across the reproductive life course, domestically in California and globally in East Africa. Watch our story.

We're committed to research that makes a difference outside of the lab and translates to real life.

A person's health is intrinsically tied to where they live –
that's why we root our work in specific geographies.
We call this approach place-based, and we believe it's critical to affecting change.

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That’s Where the Preterm Birth Initiative Comes In.

We’re here to better understand these issues, how they connect, and what we can do about them to save and improve lives.

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