Linda Jablonski, RN, assistant nurse manager of The Birthplace at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, was recognized by MotherWoman with their 2016 Community Impact Award. This annual award honors an individual in the community who has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of mothers and families in our region.
Jablonski has more than 30 years’ experience in maternal/child health nursing. In addition to her work at Baystate Franklin, she serves as co-chair of the Franklin County Perinatal Support Coalition (along with Amy Olson from Clinical & Support Options at Baystate Franklin), a group she helped start with the team at the Birthplace at Franklin Medical Center, concerned providers in the community, and MotherWoman.
The goal of the coalition is to improve maternal mental health care at the community level, and they have had much success -- implementing universal postpartum depression screening for all moms, training hundreds of providers, and developing an amazing referral network “so that no mom suffers without immediate and knowledgeable help and support in Franklin County.” They are also leading the way in integrating perinatal mental health care with trauma-informed and recovery programs to better support moms with substance use disorders. The coalition has become the gold standard for MotherWoman’s Community-based Perinatal Support Model, which is now being replicated statewide and has received national awards for best practice.
“It has been a privilege to serve alongside a community of physicians, nurse-midwives, clinicians, nurses, licensed social workers, counselors, family support workers, home visitors, peer mentors and other professionals from over 20 organizations,” says Jablonski. “Together, we have worked to address barriers to care by decreasing stigma, implementing a comprehensive screening and referral program, conducting professional trainings, and fostering collaboration by breaking down silos.”