At ACNM, our mission
is to establish midwifery as the standard of care for all women. As part
of this mission, we are pleased to announce the release of the shared vision and
action plan from the US Midwifery Education, Regulation, and Association (US
MERA) work group, in which ACNM has played an active role.
Additionally, ACNM in collaboration with the Accreditation
Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) and the American Midwifery
Certification Board (AMCB), has written and published an updated
position statement, approved by the Board of Directors, entitled
“Principles for Licensing and Regulating Midwives in the United States in
Accordance with the Global Standards of the International Confederation of
Midwives.” In publishing this updated statement, ACNM continues to clarify its longstanding
positions on licensing and regulating midwives that were last updated in
2009. The ACNM leadership felt that it was important to re-examine the organization’s
principles and professional standards in light of the ICM standards, confirm
our endorsement of the ICM standards, and provide guidance to Affiliates and
ACNM members about how to apply ICM standards in the US context when
considering midwifery licensure and regulation in individual states. (Also see the overview of the position statement.)
much work still to be done, but please take a moment to savor these important
steps forward and think how you too can pave the way so that in the future,
every woman will have access to a high-quality midwife.
You may also join the ACNM Town Hall eMidwife Discussion Group for further updates.