Postpartum Depression and the Affordable Care Act: Recommendations for Social Work Educators

  • Robert H. Keefe University at Buffalo State University of New York http://orcid.org/0000-0003-2008-7193
  • Carol Brownstein-Evans Greater Rochester Collaborative MSW Program AND Nazareth College
  • Sandra D. Lane Syracuse University AND Upstate Medical University
  • D. Bruce Carter Syracuse University
  • Rebecca S. Rouland Polmanteer University at Buffalo, State University of New York
Keywords: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, maternal and child health, postpartum depression, perinatal mood disorders, social work education

Abstract

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandates ongoing research on postpartum depression; however, very little research has been published in social work journals and in advanced-level textbooks on this topic. This article describes the problem of postpartum depression and argues that social work educators and researchers must pay greater attention to this issue in light of the ACA mandates, so that social workers can provide effective services to postpartum mothers and their children. The Council on Social Work Education’s recently published Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards are considered while making curriculum recommendations on postpartum depression for social work educators.

Author Biographies

Robert H. Keefe, University at Buffalo State University of New York
Associate Professor School of Social Work
Carol Brownstein-Evans, Greater Rochester Collaborative MSW Program AND Nazareth College
Associate Professor, Greater Rochester Collaborative MSW Program.
Sandra D. Lane, Syracuse University AND Upstate Medical University

Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor Professor of Public Health and Professor of Anthropology.

D. Bruce Carter, Syracuse University

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and Department of Child & Family Studies.

Rebecca S. Rouland Polmanteer, University at Buffalo, State University of New York

PhD Candidate, School of Social Work.

Published
2016-02-08
Section
Articles