Public Visibility and Involvement

Examining Safety, Autonomy, Communication, Racism, Empathy, and Dignity (SACRED) During Hospital Births in the Time of COVID19

The SACRED Birth Study officially ended January 31, 2021. 

The Psychometric Validation of the Patient Reported Experience Measure of OBstetric racism©, also known as the PREM-OB Scale™ Suite, was completed in April 2021. 

The manuscript was accepted for publication on January 28, 2022 and will be made widely available on the internet to anyone with the URL without licensing and copyright restrictions via Open Access.  

Dr. Karen A. Scott, MD, MPH, FACOG, the owner and developer of the PREM-OB Scale™ Suite, is now living in Nashville, TN, (her birthplace) and leading her own Black woman-led quality improvement and implementation science, practice, and research firm called Birthing Cultural Rigor™, LLC. 

To learn more about her new journey, work, reach, and impact, click HERE.

15th Annual Delaware Healthy Mothers & Infant Consortium

April 13, 2021. Keynote Speaker, Dr. Karen A. Scott, MD, MPH, FACOG, during the 4th Annual Black Maternal Health Week, April 11 - 17, 2021.

American Hospital Association Advancing Health Podcast 

April 15, 2021. The SACRED Birth study's survey tool called a Patient Reported Experience Measure of OBstetric racism©, also known as the PREM-OB Scale™, is designed to capture patient experiences during labor, birth, and postpartum and identify obstetric racism in hospital settings. In this podcast, Priya Bathija, Vice President of AHA’s Strategic Initiatives speaks with Dr. Karen Scott, M.D., MPH, FACOG, Associate Professor, OB/GYN Hospitalist, and Applied Epidemiologist, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Reproductive Sciences and Humanities & Social Sciences, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco to learn about ways we can identify obstetric racism in an effort to achieve maternal health equity.   [Recorded March 31, 2021, released April 15, 2021].

2021 Her Dream Deferred. A Week On The Status of Black Women. When Misogynoir is a Pre-Existing Condition: Black women's health through the twin pandemics

March 29, 2021, 5pm PST/8pm EST. Panelists include Dr. Joia Crear-Perry, Dr. Karen A. Scott, Dr. Alisha Liggett, & Dr. Gail Wyatt, Moderated by Kimberlé Crenshaw, and Hosted by the African American Policy Forum and the National Birth Equity Collaborative.

Online Conference: How Black Mamas and Birthing People Are Redesigning Quality in Hospital Births 

February 25, 2021, 12pm - 2pm PST. The UCSF Preterm Birth Initiative hosted an online conference and workshop featuring our SACRED Birth Principal Investigator, Karen A. Scott, MD, MPH, FACOG, our Community Research and Resource Consultant, TaNefer L. Camara, MS-HCA, IBCLC, and our Participatory QI Research Postdoctoral Fellow, Ashlee McCorkle-Jamieson, MD, to discuss how our team is redefining the measure of success in hospital births by prioritizing Black birthing narratives and community wisdom. To watch the full live event, click on the above link. 

Online Conference: Critical Conversations on Reproductive Health/Care: Past, Present, and Future,  February 3 - 7 , 2021

February 3, 2021. Panel One: Histories and Historical Legacies of Racism on Maternal and Infant Lives in Brazil and the U.S. Keynote Discussion of Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy, and Premature Birth by Dána-Ain Davis, MPH, PhD our SACRED Birth Co-Investigator featuring co-Discussants Karen A. Scott, MD, MPH, FACOG, our SACRED Birth Principal Investigator, Cara Page and Deirdre Cooper Owens, PhD. For event links and conference information, click on the above link.

SACRED Birth Study to Combat Obstetric Racism

January 28, 2021 By Team ENSPIRE

The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM): The Maternal and Child Health Equity Summit

January 12, 2021 NYAM, The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Penn Medicine presented this special virtual event, which featured cutting-edge research and discussions on advancing maternal and child health equity, includig the work of our SACRED Birth Principal Investigator, Dr. Karen A. Scott, MD, MPH, FACOG: Advancing Cultural Rigor in Maternal & Perinatal QI: Black Women’s Birthing Narratives & the Patient Reported Experience Measure of Obstetric Racism©. To watch the full the event, click on the above link.


Laboring for Change Story by Brittany Moseley/Painting by Nia Imara '03

December 22, 2020 Kenyon Alumni Magazine featuring Dr. Karen A. Scott, MD, MPH, FACOG, OB-GYN and public health scholar Karen A. Scott '98 is leadinig a new research project - the first of its kind - to study obstetric racism.


SACRED Birth Study Virtual Town Hall Meeting

December 9, 2020 Noon - 1:30pm PST SACRED Birth, Obstetric Racism, and the Patient Reported Experience Measure of Obstetric Racism©, featuring our Principal Investigator, Dr. Karen A. Scott, MD, MPH, FACOG, and our Community Outreach and Research Specialist, TaNefer L. Camara, MS-HCA, IBCLC.


Flip the Script with Max featuring SACRED Birth & Dr. Scott

December 3, 2020. In this podcast, Max is joined by Karen A. Scott, MD, MPH, FACOG an obstetrician-gynecologist at UCSF. They discuss her work as a reproductive justice-informed perinatal epidemiologist and obstetrician, the concept of participatory quality improvement, and her ongoing study "SACRED Birth" aimed at addressing obstetric racism faced by birthing Black people. [Recorded Jan 2020, released 12/3/2020]

Prematurity Awareness Month Webinar Series: Clinical Practice Recording

November 17, 2020 at 12:55pm - 1:20pm Advancing Anti-Racism Praxis in Perinatal Population Health Equity Research featuring our Principal Investigator, Dr. Karen A. Scott, MD, MPH, FACOG

Truth, Transparency, & Transformation: Dismantling Obstetric Racism in Hospital Births

November 11, 2020 Inaugural WUSM Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, & Equity (WUSM-CRE2) Grand Rounds Speaker Series


Researchers Seek Reproductive Justice for Black Women

September 25, 2020 The California Health Care Foundation Blog 

An innovative approach to improving the birthing experiences for Black people shifts reform efforts from patients to health care providers. 

Decolonizing Perinatal Quality Improvement: Advancing Cultural Rigor in Hospital Births

September 15, 2020 UCSF 2020 - 2021 Kick-Off to Grand Rounds, Department of Obstetrics , Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

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Translating Obstetric Racism into a Patient-Reported Experience Measure

July 24, 2020 UCSF Inaugural Social Science Grand Rounds, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences


COVID-19 and Pregnancy Studies: What is being done and what have we learned to date? #8

July 27, 2020 UCSF Women’s Health Webinar Series. To watch the full event, click on the above link and scroll down to find presentation #8: 

52:37 | Dr. Karen A. Scott, MD, MPH, FACOG, Associate Professor of OB/GYN, Principal Investigator of the SACRED Birth study, Founding Co-Investigator for HOPE study

How do racism and racial inequities play into why Black and Latinx populations are experiencing the burden of COVID19? (53:20)
What studies are we trying to conduct (HOPE and SACRED Birth Study)? (58:12)


Local Researchers Rush To Gather Data About COVID-19 And Pregnancy

August 21, 2020 KALW