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Pacific Islander & Pregnant:
How Inclusion Led To Erasure

Wednesday, May 19, 2021
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM PT


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News and Updates


Our thoughts on recent events - Chauvin Verdict, Ma'Khia Bryant, Daunte Wright


Black women need to be listened to during their prenatal care: this tool can help
- Use the validated tool now!


Birthing People Behind Bars: Exposing Forced Sterilizations in State Prisons
- Watch the full event

Momnibus Bill in California is Moving Forward 
- Learn how you can help

SisterWeb Launches Fundraising Campaign 
- Spread the word!

Get Involved!

  • Join our team! Community Researcher opportunity
    Based in Southern California, The Community Researcher for this project will be an individual with experience working for organization(s) serving black birthing people and families and will help to engage individuals with lived experience of infant mortality and morbidity as well as community-based stakeholders that work directly with the population.
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  • Call for Applications: Community Power-Building for Birth Justice Steering Committee
    To meet these goals, SisterSong is opening applications for a Steering Committee to guide the Community Power-Building for Birth Justice program’s work. The Steering Committee will consist of 12 BIPOC across the following communities, Indigenous, Native, Black, Latinx, Asian, and Pacific Islander, that are knowledgeable about or have experience working on birth and parenting justice.
    Learn More!
  • Oakland BIPOC parents, earn $50 to share your experiences about your financial support while pregnant.
    Join our Benioff Community Innovator Oakland Listening Circles and share your experiences with financial support while pregnant and birthing during a zoom session. We are providing a $50 gift card for participation and the listening session will take place on Zoom.
    Sign up!
  • Black NICU parents, earn $75 and share your breastfeeding, chestfeeding, and lactation experiences.
    Do you identify as Black/African American and currently have an infant(s) in the NICU or recently had an infant(s) in the NICU? Do you want to share your breastfeeding, chest feeding, and lactation experiences in the NICU? Please consider joining our Black-led NICU Research Study.
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  • Prenatal providers and Black parents, earn up to $105 to share your perceptions on pregnancy supplements including aspirin.
    The Pregnancy, Race, and Aspirin - eXploration of Individuals’ Stances (PRAXIS) Study is using online surveys and virtual interviews to learn about knowledge of and perspectives toward aspirin and other medication and supplement use in pregnancy among prenatal care providers and Black women and birthing persons. Please consider joining our Black-led research study.
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  • Pregnant women and birthing people, earn up to $550 to share your pregnancy experiences during the pandemic.
    The HOPE COVID-19 Study is looking at how the virus that causes COVID-19 and factors associated with the pandemic like stress and social distancing might affect a woman or birthing person's risk for certain kinds of adverse pregnancy outcomes, like preterm birth and preeclampsia, as well as newborn and infant health.
    Learn More!

In the News

Save the Date

  • Lives in the Balance: Equity in COVID-19 Recovery May 17 –18 
    The Summit builds on previous Lives in the Balance summits, which revealed the urgent needs of women, children and adolescents during COVID-19, and enabled coordinated action by partners and governments to help meet those needs.

Recent Publications

Brief report: Acute care visits vary by race and ethnicity among publicly insured preterm infants Kayla L. Karvonen, Rebecca J. Baer, Elizabeth E. Rogers, Martina A. Steurer, Laura L. Jelliffe-Pawlowski & Matthew S. Pantell  
The association between preterm birth and postpartum mental health care utilization among California birthing people Lucia M Calthorpe, Rebecca J Baer, Brittany D Chambers, Martina A Steurer, Maureen T Shannon, Scott P Oltman, Kayla L Karvonen, Elizabeth E Rogers, Larry I Rand, Laura L Jelliffe-Pawlowski, Matthew S Pantell.  
Development of the Person-Centered Prenatal Care scale for People of Color. Patience A Afulani, Molly R Altman, Esperanza Castillo, Nayeli Bernal, Linda Jones, Tanefer Camara, Zoe Carrasco, Shanell Williams, May Sudhinaraset, Miriam Kuppermann.  
The risk of preterm birth among women with a history of leukemia or lymphoma. Sonia T Anand, Elizabeth A Chrischilles, Rebecca J Baer, Mary E Charlton, Patrick J Breheny, William W Terry, Monica R McLemore, Deborah A Karasek, Laura L Jelliffe-Pawlowski, Kelli K Ryckman  
Patient and Provider Perspectives on Preterm Birth Risk Assessment and Communication. Martha A.Tesfalul, Sky K.Feuer, Esperanza Castillo, Kimberly Coleman-Phox, Allison O'Leary, Miriam Kuppermann  
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