Nominations for 2018 Elections

 It’s that time again when we really need the help of ALL of the membership to identify people who could run for Officer and Board of Director positions.  We try to offer a slate of candidates so that there is a true election (recognizing that that sometimes means that people who do not get elected may feel bad- but we urge them to try again!).

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2018 Conference Scholarships

NAPSW is pleased to offer scholarships which will cover the registration fee ($285.00) for the 2018 Conference in Long Beach, California. The funding is from Stepping for Preemies and the Silent Auction from 2017 conference in Portland, Oregon.

 Any NAPSW member with active membership may apply.  All recipients are required to moderate at least 1 session during the conference.  If you are applying for a scholarship please do not pay for the conference registration fee until you have been notified of the application decision. Scholarships are not transferrable between members. If you receive one and cannot attend, let the committee know as soon as possible so it can be reassigned to another member.

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Call for Papers Deadline Extended!

Good news for those who are still interested in submitting abstract proposals for the 2018 NAPSW conference in Long Beach, CA! The deadline to turn in proposals is now December 1st. Click here to learn more. 

The NAPSW Autumn, 2017 Forum is Here! Look What's Inside!

              • Bridging Theories of Grief Since Kübler-Ross;
              • Submitting Conference Abstracts;
              • Integrating Mindfulness;
              • Trauma Informed Care: Thrive Guide;
              • Advocating For Perinatal Mental Health;
              • Regional Perspective: Postpartum Depression;
              • Thank You to Margery Pentland;
              • Innovative Programs Research; and,
              • Conference Information, and More

Members can click here to access the current and past Forum issues.


Call For Papers is Now Open For the 2018 NAPSW Annual Conference

The 42nd Annual NAPSW Conference will be held in Long Beach, CA, May 2-5, 2018. Abstracts should be no more than one page, double spaced. Each abstract should include a cover page with the author's name, email and mailing address, work affiliation and phone number. A 40-word brief description, to be used in the conference brochure, should also be included. Please submit three to four learning objectives that are observable and measurable, according to continuing education requirements. Please submit abstracts no later than November 5, 2017 to Tiffany Hanff, LCSW at


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Summer 2017 Forum is Here!

Current NAPSW Members can access the Summer 2017 Forum by clicking here.  

Coming Up June 27th: NAPSW President JaNeen Cross Moderates Congressional Briefing on Preventing Child Maltreatment of Infants from the NICU

Preventing Child Maltreatment of Infants from the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU): Strengthening Maternal-Child Bonds

Please join NAPSW President JaNeen Cross, who will be moderating this important congressional briefing that identifies strategies to prevent child maltreatment of infants from the NICU. The briefing will enhance awareness about NICU families, identify their unique needs and review program and policy solutions that promote positive parenting outcomes. The briefing will highlight policies and legislation that can support NICU families.  This event is held in collaboration with the Congressional Social Work Caucus.  It is supported by: NASW Foundation, CSWE, NAPSW, & New York Community Trust. Click here to download the flyer and learn more. Please RSVP by June 21st. 

Date:        June 27, 2017
Time:       12:00 pm-1:30 pm
Location: Cannon House Office Building (RM 121)
                 27 Independence Avenue SE
                 Washington, DC 20003

Click Here to RSVP 

NAPSW Partners With Little Lungs Campaign to Promote RSV Awareness

On April 21, 2017, NAPSW President JaNeen Cross participated in a RSV Patient Advocacy Ad Board to protect vulnerable infants from RSV. Promoting RSV awareness through the Little Lungs Campaign is identified as one of the next steps towards addressing this disease which is one of the leading causes of infant hospitalizations, and which disproportionately impacts preemies1,2.  The Little Lungs Campaign is about raising awareness of RSV, or respiratory syncytial [sin-sish-uhl] virus, particularly among expecting parents, new parents, and caregivers. Join the community of people helping to protect babies from this serious virus. Watch the video below to learn more about how to protect babies from RSV. Learn more about the campaign at the Little Lungs website and the Little Lungs Facebook page. Visit RSV Hospitalization to learn more about up-to-date key findings on RSV-related hospitalizations of preterm infants. Click here to read the results from the RSV Patient Advocacy Ad Board. 


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Stepping For Preemies

Stepping For Preemies Kicks Off! — Raise Funds to Support Hospital Family Support Programs and NAPSW Scholarships

NAPSW has partnered up with the National Perinatal Association in the "Stepping for Preemies" Campaign! This fundraising campaign is meant to be a wellness activity that raises funds for both for NAPSW conference scholarships and Hospital Family Support Programs!  How do we do this? Use your tracking device (Fitbit, Smart Phone app, Up Band, etc) to monitor and keep track of your steps. 

The registration fee of $25 is the participation cost and contribution for the fundraiser.  In order to participate it is recommended you have access to a fitness application via your smartphone or computer and a Facebook account to log your progress.  We are asking that you screen save and upload your steps/ run progress to NAPSW's Stepping for Preemies Facebook page.  You also have the option of registering and donating without participating in the wellness activity. You can also sign up and track your steps without signing up for Facebook but you will not be able to share your progress nor view others. 
How To Participate:  Register using the link below.  You will then be invited to access the private Stepping For Preemies Facebook page at where you can upload photos, share your progress and throw some shade at your competition!

When:  Register anytime.  The campaign starts May 20, 2017 and ends June, 30, 2017.

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2017 Conference Information for Registrants

Check out our page for conference registrants! — It includes important information and access to all the presentation slides and notes.  

click here to visit the 2017 NAPSW annual conference page for registrants

Register Now for the NAPSW 2017 Annual Conference: Bridge to Innovative Perinatal Social Work Practice

2017 Annual Conference Less Than Two Weeks Away! 

NAPSW eagerly awaits the 41st Annual National bridge over the Willamette River in Portland, OregonAssociation of Perinatal Social Workers (NAPSW) Conference, which will be held in the beautiful Portland, OR, May 10-13, 2017. Registration is open and there is still space available.   Click here to learn more, access the hotel registration link and download the conference brochure. We look forward to seeing you this year in Portland.   Please contact Sharon Williams for any registration related questions or the conference planning chair Tanya Correll Blaha if you need assistance or have questions. 

Zika Care Connect is Launched

Zika Care Connect is Launched!

logoZika Care Connect is dedicated to improving access to clinical services for families affected by Zika in 10 jurisdictions throughout the United States and its territories at high risk for Zika, with the ultimate goal of lessening the effects of Zika on children and families. This important resource is now available to help pregnant women and families find the medical help they need. NAPSW is proud to be listed as a Zika Care Connect partner. 

What’s on the Zika Care Connect website?

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2017 Board Reports Now Available

2017 Board and Committee Reports Available For Members to View

The 2016-17 fiscal year was a big one for NAPSW with a lot of growth and transition to a new membership system.  All NAPSW members have access to view the reports.  To view the reports, click on the link below, however you MUST be logged in to view them.  For any questions, comments or concerns regarding the reports, please contact NAPSW President Janeen Cross

2017 Board and Committee Reports

Important! Please Read NAPSW's ACA Repeal and Response Statement

NAPSW ACA Repeal and Response Statement (February 2017)

     National Association of Perinatal Social Workers (NAPSW) is a national professional organization comprised of perinatal social workers. NAPSW is committed to supporting individuals, families, and communities. It is equally devoted to expanding the role of social work in perinatal health. In order to achieve these goals, perinatal social workers rely on the values social justice, integrity, dignity and worth of persons. NAPSW values include social- economic equality and healthcare for all. As the 115th Congress transitions, under the leadership of President Trump, NAPSW will continue to advocate for the needs of individuals and families during the perinatal period. NAPSW will also continue to support the professional interest of perinatal social workers who provide psychosocial support services to families daily. 

     The Affordable Care Act (ACA) improved access to health insurance for many individuals and families. Medicaid expansion, through ACA, extended health insurance coverage for the most economically disadvantaged individuals and families to 33 states. ACA places focus on preventative care, improves access to out-of-network emergency services, and eliminates pre-existing condition exclusions. Healthcare reform, through the initiation of ACA, improves overall health and enhances the quality of our healthcare system. Healthcare reforms under ACA are consistent with social work values and ethics. ACA improves access to health care, supports health insurance for marginalized and oppressed groups, reduces the rate of increase for health costs, and improves patient protections and autonomy. NAPSW supports the direction of healthcare reform under the ACA provisions.

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Video Press Release from NCFIH

From Our Friends at the National Coalition For Infant Health:  Advocacy Video On Why Preemies Need a Human Milk Diet



Infant Health Group Releases New Video “Why Preemies Need Access to an Exclusive Human Milk Diet” 

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NAPSW Opposes the Repeal of the ACA and Defunding of Planned Parenthood

NAPSW signs onto the ACA Women's Letter and opposes the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and defunding of planned parenthood. Repealing the ACA and defunding Planned Parenthood puts the health, well-being and economic security of women, particularly low-income women and women of color, in dire jeopardy. Other organizations have also signed on to the letter addressed to Senate Leader McConnell, House of Representative Majority Leader Ryan, Senate Minority Leader Schumer, and House of Representative Minority Leader Pelosi.  Click here to read the  ACA Women's Letter. 

Registration is now open for the 2017 Annual Conference

2017 Annual Conference — Bridge To Innovative Social Work Practice

The 41st Annual National bridge over the Willamette River in Portland, OregonAssociation of Perinatal Social Workers (NAPSW) Conference will be held in the beautiful Portland, OR, May 10-13, 2017.  Registration is now open.  Click here to learn more and download the conference brochure. We look forward to seeing you this year in Portland.   

Social Work Organizations Oppose Repeal of the Affordable Care Act

Read a joint statement from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care (SSWLHC) regarding their position opposing repeal of the ACA.  Click here to download and learn more. 

NPA's National Conference on Perinatal Mental Health

National Perinatal Association's 38th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference

Join our partner organization, the National Perinatal Association, at their interdisciplinary conference on perinatal mental health.  March 9-11, 2017 in Atlanta Georgia.

Click here to download a flyer.  Click here to learn more and register.                         

Advocacy Opportunities

Advocacy Opportunities to Support Perinatal Health

NAPSW would like to present its members and the public with important information about advocacy opportunities that are in line with NAPSW's mission to support positive outcomes for every parent and every baby.

  • Tell Congress: WIC Works!  Sign MomsRising  petition to remind Congress that WIC is a vital program that improves health outcomes for women and kids.  Click here to learn more and sign.
  • Join the Office of Minority Health on Wednesday, February 15, 2-3p ET for a webinar.  Participants will learn how to identify implicit bias in various settings; recognize microaggressions, microassaults, microinsults, and microinvalidations; they will discuss how implicit bias as a contributing factor to health and healthcare disparitities; and mitigate implicit bias with de-biasing techniques.  Click here to learn more and register. 
  • The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs Policy has released a document featuring recommendations for the new President and Congress entitles "Steps the New President and Congress Can Take to Improve the Health of Women, Children, and Families,: A 100-Day Policy Agenda. Click here to access this document.