ACNM Research Agenda
Research Priorities by Strategic Focus
Policy: Pursue legislative, political and legal strategies to promote the hallmarks of midwifery
Examine members’ perceived barriers to practice.
Critical analysis of state legislation restrictive and conducive to midwifery practice.
Identify thriving and struggling midwifery services to examine their practice environment
for common and discordant issues. This would include, but not be limited to
reimbursement avenues, malpractice, credentialing processes, level of autonomy,
regulation, and internal policies.
Research/Evidence-based Practice: Promote excellence in clinical midwifery practice that is founded on the
Develop a systematic approach to collecting clinical practice data across the membership.
Promote research that describes and links midwifery processes of care to specific
Describe women’s decision-making processes on choice of provider and procedures
during pregnancy and birth.
Development of research on VBAC and epidurals.
Education: Provide a strong foundation for midwifery practice and women's health through
Describe the reasons for the declining pool of midwifery applicants.
Examine schools with thriving and struggling applicant pools for common and discordant
Collaboration: Strengthen coalitions with individuals, organizations and agencies that focus
Explore practice environments where collaboration is especially strong among differently
Establish a common research goal with the MANA Board of Directors.
Visibility/Message: Increase visibility and demand for midwifery services and a midwifery
Describe what women believe, and how they learned, about midwives and midwifery
Describe what legislators and insurance (both health reimbursement & liability)
executives believe, and how they learned, about midwives and midwifery practice.
Organizational/Leadership Development: Enhance communication and optimal functioning among and
Examine the reasons midwives (a) do not join, or (b) leave the ACNM
Identify each member’s top priority to be addressed by the ACNM
ACNM BOD Approval June 2005