The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) endorses the Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act!!

This week, I was thrilled to recieve word from NASW’s national office in DC, that they are officially endorsing The Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act, leading the way for state chapters to also begin working locally on growing constituent and legislative support/sponsorship.

As a social worker who is very proud of the profession’s contributions to mental health and health care initiatives, this welcome endorsement signifies that we can now reach out to the enormous body of social work healthcare providers and affiliated organizations who represent the front lines of assessment, identification and treatment of these disorders.

We are thankful for the endorsement of this powerful and dedicated group and look forward to working with them to do all we can to ensure passage of this long overdue legislation!

Social workers not only provide education and outreach to new mothers in neonatal and OB/GYN practices across America in hospitals and other healthcare facilities, they are also among the top providers of mental health services. This sometimes comes as a surprise to consumers who may associate the profession with policy development, governmental agency work and discharge planning; all worthy and critical social work roles of great responsibility. But additionally, licensed clinical social workers are increasingly charged with crucial psychosocial assessments, psycho education and mental health interventions during pregnancy, the postpartum and throughout the many challenges which may present across the life cycle.

Social workers can be agency or private practitioners with specialties in women’s reproductive mental health and also act as maternal and child care advocates. Their licensure requires constant training and education making them among the most reliable professionals for referral of services. They have historically been connected to every initiaitve seeking to reduce barriers to the services that American families need to optimize mental and physical health.

The biopsychosocial perspective of the social work profession is well aligned with the profound biological, psychological and social shifts of new parenthood as are the initiatives of this legislation! The Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act includes proposals for increased education, research, public awareness campaigns and advocacy, all of which fall into the realm of social work. Therefore, the inclusion of this respected profession adds even more impetus to the bill’s consideration and passage.

NASW now joins the list of many other nationally respected professions and organizations charged or associated with the care of mothers and infants, all of whom understand that the time is now to bring mothers out of their isolated suffering to the relief of support and treatment.

A current list of the bill’s sponsors follows below. Please don’t forget to visit the DBSA website and sign your own letter in support of this legislation. Our goal is 100,000 signatures by MOTHERS Day!

American College of Nurse Midwives

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

American Psychological Association

American Psychiatric Association

Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs

Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses

Children’s Defense Fund

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

Family Mental Health Foundation

Guttmacher

Kristin Brooks Hope Center

March of Dimes

Melanie Blocker Stokes Foundation

Mental Health America

NARAL, Pro-Choice America

National Alliance on Mental Illness

National Association of Social Workers

National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare

National Partnership for Women & Families

National Women’s Law Center

OWL- The Voice of Midlife and Older Women

Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Postpartum Support International

Suicide Prevention Action Network USA

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3 Responses to The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) endorses the Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act!!

  1. Steve Stone says:

    This legislation is long over due! The mothers, families and children must be supported to ensure their well being. Your support of this important legislation is needed now.

  2. Proud, card carrying member for more than 30 years! Thank you NASW for validating the importance of having healthy mothers for our babies. “The hand that rocks the cradle, rules the world”.

  3. Jen Stoll says:

    YEA!!! Thank you, NASW! Thank you, Susan, for advocating for this! Proud moment for me, as an almost-there-social-worker!!!

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