We focus on improving the quality of facility-based care of pregnant women and their newborns. Our research aims to determine where and how care can improve during the most critical period of labor, delivery and immediate postpartum. We also work to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and to improve nutrition for pregnant women.


Saving Lives at Birth

This video from Global Health Frontiers, which aired nationwide on PBS, features our Pronto Birth Simulation Training program in Guatemala, which deploys professional midwives and trains clinic providers to link wary communities with better obstetric care.


In Preterm Birth Research, Local Efforts Have Global Benefit
UCSF’s Preterm Birth Initiative demonstrates the idea that global is local and local is global. Research in Rwanda suggests that group care during pregnancy has potential to improve perinatal outcomes in other parts of the world