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.
US MERA is comprised of 7 organizations—ACNM, the Accreditation
Commission for Midwifery Education, American Midwifery Certification Board,
Midwifery Education Accreditation Council, Midwives Alliance of North America,
National Association of Certified Professional Midwives, and North American
Registry of Midwives. These organizations have been working together to
envision and work toward a more cohesive US midwifery presence globally and
domestically, inspired and informed by global midwifery standards and
competencies adopted by the International Confederation of Midwives in 2011.
The US MERA joint statement is historic, and we are very proud of the
dedication and effort on the part of our organizations to take these important
steps together. Whether you plunge in to read the full 8-page US
MERA report or just the one-page executive
summary, we encourage you to share it with others, and consider its
implications for the future—in your communities and nationally, for the success
of the midwifery profession and most importantly, the women we serve. There is
much work still to be done, but please take a moment to savor this important
step 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.
We celebrate the vision and commitment that it has taken for our organizations
to come together. There is so much we need to accomplish! We look forward
to continuing our participation in the US MERA initiative and we value your
input and reflections on this work, which you can email to email@example.com.
Click here for the January 2014 US MERA update from ACNM Vice President Cathy Collins-Fulea.