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2022 Conference - Save the Date and Call for Papers!

SAVE THE DATE: The 46th Annual NAPSW Conference, Securing the Good in the Second City: Perinatal Social Work for All,  will be held on May 4 - 7, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois, and we cannot wait to see you there! Stay tuned to our Annual Conference page for more details as they become available.

Our official Save the Date notice also means that it is time for you to answer our CALL FOR PAPERS. Submissions are due by November 15, 2021. Click on the attached image or visit our Annual Conference Call for Papers page for more information on topics of interest and directions on how to make your submission.

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Spring 2021 Forum is here!!

NAPSW Forum — Current Issue 

NAPSW Forum, Spring 2021  What's Inside:

Ethical Questions in Perinatal Care 

From the President

Code of Ethics 

Election Results 

New Member Spotlight

Book Review: How to Be an Antiracist 

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NAPSW's First Virtual Conference: A Huge Success!

Thank you for making our first virtual conference a success!!

The 45th Annual National Association of Perinatal Social Workers Conference, Perinatal Social Work in a Virtual World, was held April 29-30, 2021, and we thank you all for making it such a huge success!

Mark your calendars now for our 46th Annual Conference which will be held in Chicago, Illinois on May 4-7, 2022. Stay tuned to our website for more details as they become available!

2021 NAPSW Ballot Now Available!

2021 NAPSW Ballot Now Available!

Members: Be sure to check your email and cast your votes for the 2021 NAPSW Elections. Voting is open now through April 26, 2021. If you have any questions about voting, please contact [email protected].

And don't forget, registration remains open for our VIRTUAL 2021 CONFERENCE. *If you register by April 1, 2021, you'll be entered into a drawing for a free conference registration for the 46th NAPSW Annual Conference to be held in Chicago in 2022!* 

2021 Conference - REGISTER EARLY

NAPSW 2021 Conference: Perinatal Social Work in a Virtual World

We can't wait for you to join us for our first virtual conference on April 29th & 30th! Don't miss out: If you register by April 1, 2021, you will be entered into a drawing for a free conference registration for the 46th NAPSW Annual Conference to be held in Chicago in 2022!

Click here for the full conference brochure, and then head over to our Annual Conference page to get registered!

March Membership Special!

Celebrate National Social Work Month with NAPSW's Membership Special!

Be sure to visit our Membership page for more information on the benefits NAPSW membership, and join now!

2021 Conference Registration is NOW OPEN!

Registration is NOW OPEN!

NAPSW 2021 Conference: Perinatal Social Work in a Virtual World


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Winter 2021 Forum Is Here!

NAPSW Forum — Current Issue 

NAPSW Forum, Winter 2021  What's Inside:

Hello 2021 - We Are the "Subject Matter Experts"

From the President

NAPSW 2021 Conference


Book Review — My Stroke of Insight: A brain scientist's personal journey

New Member Spotlight

NAPSW Remembered

Members can click here to access.  Not a member? Click here to learn more about NAPSW membership benefits and to join today!

Nominations Are Open

2021 NAPSW BOD and Officer Nominations

It is time to think about who to nominate for the upcoming 2021 elections! WE NEED YOU to think about who is Board of Directors "material" - or to volunteer yourself to run! During the April 2021 virtual conference, we will be electing individuals for the following positions: President, Secretary, five Board of Director members, and one Nominating Committee member. We really want to provide a full ballot with many options to our membership at the time of elections. Nominations are now open and ready to be received immediately and no later than February 1, 2021. But don't put it off! Send your nominations NOW.

Please consider nominating yourself or other NAPSW members you know for these positions. Candidates for Board of Director positions need to be members in good standing for one year prior to running for the Board. Candidates for Officer positions need to have served at least one term on the Board of Directors. This is your opportunity to develop and share leadership skills and contribute to keeping NAPSW a strong, vibrant, and relevant organization. Email your nominations to the committee members below. For more information on nominations and expectations for Board members, click here.

Margery Pentland, Nominations Chair: [email protected]

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NAPSW Spring 2020 Forum is Here!

NAPSW Forum, Spring, 2020  What's Inside:

Perinatal Social Work in the Midst of a Pandemic: Caring for Clients and Yourself

Sudden Unexpected Infant Death and It's Impact on Families

Staff Support in a High Acuity Setting

Book Review — From Love to Loss: A NICU Odyssey

Private Nursing Duty Scarcity

Perspectives from the NAPSW Listserve

2021 Conference information  


Members can click here to access.  Not a member? Click here to learn more about NAPSW membership benefits and to join today!


Election Results are In!

If it were not for COVID-19, I would be home after another outstanding NAPSW conference and I would be exhausted and exhilarated after seeing good friends, having challenging discussions, and learning new skills!  Instead, I am reminiscing about past conferences and missing my good NAPSW friends and colleagues. But the work of the organization goes on, and we will continue to work together and support each other through these trying times.

The officers and BOD of the organization met this past week, as they always do at the conference, but utilizing Zoom instead of conference tables.  It was waves instead of hugs, and it was BYO coffee/tea and snacks!

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NAPSW Winter Forum is Here!

NAPSW Forum, Winter, 2020  What's Inside:

Health Disparities

The Partner Model: A Solution to the Stigma of the Perinatal Opioid Epidemic

Book Review — White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism

Annual Conference Overview

NAPSW Board Meeting History

Innovative Program and Research Grant

Award for Excellence Nominations


Members can click here to access.  Not a member? Click here to learn more about NAPSW membership benefits and to join today!

NAPSW Seeks Submissions For Call for Papers for 2020 Conference!

Call For Papers For the 2020 NAPSW Conference —
Securing the Good in the Second City: 
Perinatal Social Work for All

April 29 - May 2, 2020

Photo by Stephan Cassara on Unsplash

NAPSW is seeking workshop presentations for the 2020 annual conference in Chicago, Illinois, to be held April 29th through May 2nd. Specific areas of interest are: perinatal and social work ethics, enhancing social work clinical skills, difficult conversations with perinatal families, surrogacy, adoption, antenatal support, fetal diagnosis and support, NAS, end-of-life and bereavement, staff support, professional boundaries, cultural competency, perinatal social work research and NICU.

Please submit a one page, double-spaced description/abstract of the material to be presented, with three learning objectives. Include a cover sheet that contains the title, author’s name(s), professional credentials, phone number and email address.  Click here for a downloadable flier and please share!

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Save the Date for the NAPSW 2020 Conference

NAPSW Annual Conference 2020 — Securing the Good in the Second City: Perinatal Social Work for All

The 44th Annual National Association of Perinatal Social Workers (NAPSW) Conference will be held in Chicago, Illinois, April 29th - May 2nd, 2020 at the St. Jane Hotel, Chicago.  Conference registration and hotel reservation information will be announced soon.  Click here to learn more about membership benefits and to join NAPSW to be notified when registration opens and receive the membership discount rate!   


The WInter 2019 NAPSW Forum is Here

The Winter 2019 Forum is Here!

What's Inside:

From the President
Cultural Diversity and Perinatal Loss
Savannah Conference
Book Review — Juniper The Girl Who Was Born Too Soon
Looking Back: Joni Hardcastle



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2019 Conference Scholarships Are Available!

Conference Scholarships

NAPSW is pleased to offer several scholarships for it's 43rd Annual Conference, Walking Your Way Through Perinatal Social Work, which will be held in Savannah, Georgia from May 1 - 4, 2019. The scholarships will cover the registration fee and the funding is from the Stepping for Preemies Campaign.

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Advocacy Priorities

NAPSW Advocacy Priorities

During the 2018 conference the advocacy committee received approval from the board to focus on the following areas of advocacy for 2018: prenatal substance use, perinatal mental health and parity, ACA repeal and replace efforts (focus on essential health benefits & Medicaid expansion). While the vote does not exclude the organization from supporting requests on other topics, it is the hope of the committee to promote conversations related to these topics at a state, regional, national or international level.

Is your area of practice addressing one of this year’s advocacy priorities? If so, we’d love to hear about it! Send an email to advocacy chair Mandy Wannarka at [email protected] and it could be featured in greater detail in a future forum issue!

NAPSW Spring 2018 Forum is Here!

NAPSW Spring 2018 Forum is Here!

What's Inside:

The Oregon Family Well-Being Assessment
Conference Preview 
Trauma Informed Care and Perinatal Services
New Retirees' Stories
Book Review — When the Bough Breaks: Pregnancy and the Legacy of Addiction
Regional Perspective: Antepartum Bedrest
New Member Spotlight
Information for Authors



Members Can Click Here to Access the Current Issue — Not a Member? Click Here to Join!

Members Can Click Here for NAPSW Forum Back Issues

Click here for the index of articles by category through Spring 2017

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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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.