TIDR is excited to introduce our newest MSW field student, Blessing Egbuogu. Blessing is an MSW student at the University of Michigan in the Program Evaluation and Applied Research pathway.

“I am passionate about Maternal and Child Health and supporting the mental health of mothers. Before I was a student at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, I worked in the healthcare field in patient care for eight years. I enjoy caring for others and improving their health. I also volunteered at a local pregnancy clinic in administration. I helped connect mothers to resources provided at the clinic that can help them throughout their pregnancy and as new mothers such as donated items for their babies, group therapy, and educational classes.

This experience made me realize the gap in how accessible resources were for pregnant women and the support that they need. I decided to pursue my Master’s in Social Work to focus on the mental health of mothers and work with them on identifying their needs to help them have a healthy pregnancy. I also want to help decrease the infant-mortality rate by supporting the mental health of women and helping them have access to prenatal care throughout their pregnancy.

My field placement is at TIDR working on the Mothers and Babies Feeling Better Together Research Project. As a future Social Worker, I would like to be involved in perinatal mental health research and I am excited to be a part of TIDR as an Intern. I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with this group and would like to bring the skills and training learned from my field experience to my future career as a Social Worker.”