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. 

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. 

Support the Promoting Life Saving New Therapies for Neonates Act

Support the Promoting Life Saving New Therapies for Neonates Act (S. 2041, H.R. 5182)

From the Newborn Health Initiative:  Due to a high level of difficulty, as well as the lack of proper incentive for investment, there has not been a new drug approved to improve survival and outcomes in premature infants in over 25 years. It’s time to change that.  

Click here to read more about this important effort.

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NAPSW Partners in the Little Lungs Campaign

March of Dimes Zika Campaign Successful

Zika Funding Update — March of Dimes Campaign for Zika Funding Successful 

On September 28th, both the Senate and the House of Representatives passed legislation providing $1.1 billion in funding to combat Zika virus. President Obama signed it the very next day.  The March of Dimes expresses its gratefulness to the thousands of volunteers and supporters who signed their petition calling for Congressional action on Zika prevention.   Click here to read more and to learn about the #Zapzika Campaign.   

Visit the March of Dimes Action Center to learn about more advocacy opportunities.

Being A NICU Social Worker Never Stops

I want to start this article with a standing round of applause to the Providence, RI planning committee. Awesome conference and if you missed it, next year we will be in Portland, OR. I have attended several of the NAPSW conferences, in years past, and I always leave them feeling in awe of the planning committee’s hard work and have yet to be disappointed. So, really, let’s hear it for all planning committees past and future. Your dedication to this organization is not overlooked.

As social workers, we tend to wear many hats for our families, and at times can be a little protective too. Well, March of this year I acted as an advocate for a family. I hope I educated the physician a little too. Short story is this: Cute young couple has their first child, a boy. I have to say he was a gorgeous child. Shortly after birth, he shows signs of distress and is grunting and this is pointed out to the RN. The neo was consulted and conversations went on back and forth, until finally the decision was made that baby would be observed for a while in the NCIU. Back and forth, from room to NICU, the parents were ok, but just when they got comfortable; baby was either back in their room or back in the NICU.

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NAPSW is Growing!

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It is with much excitement that NAPSW is rolling out its new website and online membership system.  Our new membership system will offer members the opportunity to take full advantage of a private online community in which members can connect with each other to network, share information and form local communities to get support and develop best practices.   We encourage members to take full advantage of everything our new website offers from easy access to past Forum issues, reading the topic specific discussions boards, connecting with others in your practice specialty or to others in your local area.  We are also available to help you take full advantage of this site!  For any questions, please contact us at [email protected].