In the United States, racial disparities in birth outcomes continue to persist with income inequality being one of the key contributors. Structural interventions that reduce the racial-wealth gap are urgently needed and have the promise to narrow longstanding inequities. In a community-academic partnership, Expecting piloted the first pregnancy income supplement program in the US called the Abundant Birth Project (ABP). ABP provides unconditional cash supplements to communities experiencing disproportionately high rates of adverse outcomes as a strategy to reduce preterm birth and improve economic outcomes for our communities. ABP presents an opportunity to transform San Francisco into a city where all children have a healthy start at life.
Mamas and Pregnant People
Thank you for your interest in participating in the Abundant Birth Project (ABP)! Applications are currently closed. Applications are expected to re open in the Summer of 2023 at the earliest.
Provider Client Referral
Thank you for your support of the Abundant Birth Project (ABP)! Applications are currently closed. Applications are expected to re open in the Summer of 2023 at the earliest.
A Note About Our Research
Historically, Black and other marginalized communities have experienced heinous conditions and unethical treatment as part of “research.” At ABP we acknowledge this and hold space for the pain, trauma, and distrust this has caused within our communities. We believe in transparency, informed consent and empowerment.
The research component to our study is completely voluntary and does not affect participants’ eligibility for the abundance drawing or the income supplement.
Why do we conduct research?
The research will allow us to test our theory that a no-string attached income supplement can be used as a strategy to reduce preterm birth and improve economic outcomes for the Black and PI communities of San Francisco impacted greatly by preterm birth. In addition, our research may lead to this pilot being picked up in other counties.
Is the research part mandatory?
Participants enrolled in the Abundant Birth Project will be asked to participate in research so we can understand what impact our program is having. We will ask them questions at several points throughout their pregnancy and request access to some of their medical records. Participants do not need to volunteer for the research to participate in the Abundant Birth Project, however, if participants decide to join in the research, the researchers will compensate them.
How can I learn more about ABP research?
You can find out more information on the ABP Evaluation website HERE.
While historically, the field of research has been extractive and harmful, the Abundant Birth Project leads the way in community-based research that is restorative and just. This research would not have been possible without our AMAZING Community Research team and their contributions to creating a safe environment for our ABP Mamas!
See What We’re Up To
It’s a fact that Black and Pacific Islander women experience infant and maternal mortality, maternal morbidity, and preterm birth at higher rates than most other groups in the United States. Structural racism is an important factor driving this inequity.
This report summarizes a proposed approach on how the Abundant Birth Project will help to reduce birth inequities for Black and Pacific Islander women and birthing people in San Francisco.