I have always been concerned about low-income mothers and their
children who do not have access to healthcare. In my research on
postpartum depression, I have been was struck by so little research
focusing on the needs of mothers of color. The research seemed to
be focused almost entirely on white married women who have access
to healthcare and an ongoing relationship with their physicians. So
many of the mothers I worked with do not have a physician they see
regularly, are poorly insured, and have few family members to rely
on. Still, I have been highly impressed with their ability to
soldier on despite the limited resources they have.
Given social workers use existing research to provide culturally
competent services, my research is going in the direction of
rethinking how we provide services to mothers and children of color
that are affordable, appropriate, and accessible.