Volunteering is one way to make a real difference! From helping your local community to bettering conditions across the globe, you can positively impact people by offering your time and creativity to ACNM's cause. Gain new experiences and insights, make meaningful connections, and build essential career skills just by giving back to others!
One unique aspect of the American College of Nurse-Midwives is its vast array of opportunities and positions available to all potential volunteers. Much of the organization's successes and victories derive from the efforts of volunteers who span across the United States.
ACNM encourages CNMs to find an area that aligns with their interests and talents below:
Composed of the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, President-Elect, and one other voting member of the Board
Performs duties delegated by the Board and may act for the Board between meetings, as consistent with the Bylaws
Chair: Sue Stone
Coordinates and oversees the management of the ACNM awards
Responds to charges from the Board meetings, as specified in the Charge Book
Chair: Carol Howe
Finance and Audit Committee
Carries out financial oversight for the College
Recommends policy and guidelines concerning financial matters to the Board
Chair: Joan Slager
Board Governance Committee
Assists the Board in overseeing governance structure, policies and procedures
Reviews the overall governance of the College and recommends improvements when necessary to the Board
Chair: Kathryn Kravetz Carr
Advises the Board on matters pertaining to personnel, administration, staffing and benefits.
Chair: Sue Stone
Other Committees Nominating Committee
Comprised of six members voted by eligible voters
Facilitates identification and evaluation of eligible college members to fill vacancies on ACNM Board (i.e. the President Elect)
No collaboration between the committee and Board currently exists
Chair: Venay Uecke
Divisions & Committees
Division of Advocacy and Affiliate Support enables a legislative and public policy environment that supports the unencumbered practice of midwifery by CNMs and CMs to the full extent of their education, training and experience; to increase consumer awareness, understanding, and use of midwifery and midwives; and to strengthen and support ACNM's state affiliates.
Affiliate Development and Support Committee (ADS)
Directly develops and provides ACNM state Affiliate leaders with the resources (via access to current and pertinent materials: toolkits, training, mentoring, websites, etc.) needed to create and manage dynamic, thriving Affiliates
Increases general Affiliate member numbers, diversity, engagement, and satisfaction.
Strengthens statewide communications, supporting structures and networking; maintains open and dynamic linkages with Regional and National structures; facilitates student engagement at the Affiliate level
Provides professional development opportunities for members; plans and implements the Affiliate Workshop at the Annual Meeting
Coordinates within the DAAS to ensure advocacy and consumer engagement agendas are implemented at the affiliate level
Committee of Midwife Advocates for Certified Midwives (C-MAC)
Supports full and equitable national and state recognition of the CM, state licensure of CMs with unencumbered practice to the full extent of their education, training, experience, and ACNM membership; advocates for state legislation directed towards licensure and full practice authority for CMs
Educates the membership about CMs; increases midwifery student population by promoting multiple pathways to midwifery education
Lobbies for the CM role in federal and state initiatives related to provision of midwifery care; develops advocacy strategies during Annual Meeting
Coordinates activities within the DAAS and with the federal lobbyist and ACNM Director of Government Affairs
Consumer Engagement Committee (CEC)
Provides recommendations and expertise to the ACNM Board, affiliate leadership, and members related to increasing consumer engagement in midwifery
Identifies consumers as they relate to the profession of midwifery
Determines barriers restricting access to midwifery care and develops strategies to overcome these barriers to improve the health and well-being of women and their families
Educates targeted organizations that engage adolescent women and women beyond childbearing years about the benefits of midwifery care
Develops and establishes strategies that will enhance the engagement of consumers in services offering the midwifery model of care
National Government Affairs Committee (NGAC)
Identifies and prioritizes legislative, advocacy and public policy issues and opportunities that relate to midwifery and maternal health at the national level and supports identification and implementation of ACNM's advocacy agenda
Serves as a forum for policy coordination among the Divisions as well as mobilization of grassroots efforts by ACNM's membership, ensuring that our direct federal political action is both enthusiastic and effective
Recruits and supports state legislative contacts in each state to mobilize affiliate leadership to effectively back the national advocacy agenda; initiates and coordinates federal grassroots efforts
Targets specific legislators through their constituents in the states
Coordinates activities within the DAAS, with the federal lobbyists, and ACNM Director of Government Affairs
Supports planning and implementation of advocacy activities at the Annual Meeting
Political Action Committee (PAC)
Supports ACNM's Federal Advocacy and Legislative agenda financially
Conducts fundraising activities within the ACNM; oversees distribution of PAC funds to federal legislative campaigns
Educates members about the political process; coordinates activities within the DAAS, and with the ACNM federal lobbyists, and the ACNM Director of Government Affairs
Supports planning and implementation of advocacy activities at the Annual Meeting
State Government Affairs Committee (SGAC)
Supports state affiliates to conduct state legislative and advocacy work
Develops relationships with state affiliate and legislative leaders
Coordinates activities within the DAAS and the ACNM Director of Government Affairs
Supports planning and implementation of advocacy activities at the Annual Meeting
Division of Membership and Publications provides overall direction and facilitation for ACNM Membership and Publications functions through working with committee chairs and members from the following groups: Clinical Standards and Documents, Diversity and Inclusion, Membership and Marketing, Midwives of Color, Publications, and Students and New Midwives.
Clinical Standards & Documents Committee (CSDC)
Develops clinical practice standards and documents; conducts regular review and revision of clinical practice standards and documents
Identifies and collaborates with other organizations that provide women’s health and primary care
Diversity & Inclusion Committee (D&I)
Establishes and coordinates the functioning of Bias Incident Transparency and Healing (BIRTH) Team – an on-call D&I volunteer team offering rapid response to bias incidents in real time during ACNM Annual Meetings
Assists ACNM in developed policy pertaining to D&I issues
Facilitates communication [shared language], data collection and analysis concerning D&I issues within ACNM
Membership & Marketing Committee (M&M)
Seeks opportunities to enhance the overall member experience
Establishes membership priorities and set goals for membership expansion
Collaborates with other committees when input is needed about membership, membership recruitment and retention, or in marketing the value of membership to midwives
Midwives of Color Committee (MOCC)
Recruits, retains, and supports the advancement of persons of diverse ethnic/cultural backgrounds to the profession of midwifery
Provides educational information to the ACNM membership to develop respect for cultural variations
Acts as a resource to ACNM leadership to promote and increase equity for midwives and students of color in ACNM
Aims to reduce inequities and disparities in maternal child health through midwifery profession
Publications Committee (PC)
Identifies content gaps or topics worthy of publishing; evaluates and prioritizes proposed projects; helps maintain an annual publishing schedule
Monitors the publishing environment, stays abreast of industry publications, and converses with fellow members to make recommendations on topics and formats for ACNM publications
Reviews an annual sales report to make recommendations on the retirement and revision of publications; makes recommendations for streamlining publications operations and marketing and enhancing the value of ACNM publications to members
Students and New Midwives Committee (SANMC)
Eases the transition from student to new midwife during the first five (5) years of practice via online/virtual support, publications, mentorship program, liaisons to educational programs, and in-person events at the Annual Meeting
Division of Organizational Capacity supports ACNM in being recognized as a leader in women’s health, reproductive health, and midwifery and ensures ACNM has the resources necessary to support a high functioning organization. This division also provides internal resources to the ACNM volunteer structure to ensure volunteers can carry out ACNM strategic goals and initiatives.
Archives Committee (AC)
Coordinates between the Board and the National Library of Medicine in the maintenance of the college archives
Organizes midwifery history keeping activities including oral histories of ACNM members
Maintains a list of midwifery history sources; works with the affiliates to help preserve midwifery history at the local level.
Bylaws Committee (BC)
Reviews proposed changes to ACNM and ACNM affiliate bylaws and Standing Rules of Procedure (SROPs) within the volunteer structure
Makes recommendations to the Board regarding above changes
Ethics Committee (EC)
Promotes ACNM’s responsiveness to the ethical dimensions of the midwifery profession
Leadership Development Committee (LDC)
Provides expertise and advice to the College as it relates to development of volunteer leaders
Develops and executes orientation plans for new volunteer leaders
Aims to increase leadership involvement of members of diverse ethnic/cultural/gender backgrounds
Recommends content areas and webinar development-related volunteer leadership proposals
Division of Global Engagement works to spread the interest and expertise of ACNM members across the world. To support global engagement through information exchange and increase midwives' general knowledge about midwifery, the Division actively promotes the understanding of the reciprocal benefits of working with diverse communities on a global level.
In partnership with ACNM, the DGE also offers venues for sharing global health and midwifery information, as well as extensive research to increase the number of global ACNM participants. DGE further maintains effective and up-to-date communication to help engage, educate, and connect ACNM members interested in global midwifery through networking, research, education, communication, and guidance on global health competencies.
Global Education Committee (GEC)
Assists ACNM members in expanding each individual’s learning in proportion to their interest in global health professions
Shares educational resources with groups or organizations working in global health
Aims to improve outcomes for women and their families through midwives who appreciate the importance of a culturally respectful practice
Global Networking Committee (GNC)
Facilitates communication among ACNM members to make individual, group, and organizational connections that foster their personal development in global and refugee health
Global Program Planning Committee: (GPPC)
Offers opportunities for members to participate in Annual Meeting events that contribute to their personal development in global and refugee health
Generates interest in ACNM membership as a valuable resource in global midwifery
The Practice Advancement Sub-division strengthens the profession of midwifery in the United States by assisting midwives in establishing Boards of Midwifery, supporting midwifery as a distinct profession welcoming of diverse backgrounds, and encouraging more individuals to aim for CNM/CM credentials.
Business Committee (BC)
Provides clinical expertise and advice to ACNM related to business issues that impact midwifery
Supplies expertise and representation on the Midwifery Works Planning Committee and for the Annual Meeting’s business track
Actively monitors and replies to questions posted by members on ACNM Connect regarding business issues
Reviews and revises the Getting Paid manual as needed
Identifies potential business expertise advisers on behalf of ACNM
Healthy Birth Initiative Committee (HBI)
Offers tools and information for clinicians and other related parties in order to minimize risks against a healthy birth and avoid unnecessary procedures that may interfere with the mother’s rights
Home and Birth Center Committee (HBCC)
Identifies, develops, and updates the ACNM educational and professional resources (EBP guidelines, handbook, sample documents, literature, suggested curricula, data collection tools) specific to Home Birth and Birth Center standards and practice
Monitors national and state issues or social trends related to Home Birth and Birth Center standards
Represents ACNM among other Home Birth and Birth Center midwifery organizations
Supports ACNM staff in providing consultations and referrals and/or resources to CNMs/CMs
Provides a professional forum, consulting, mentoring and referral service
Professional Liability Committee (PLC)
Monitors matters related to midwifery liability, malpractice insurance, and litigation
Conducts National Midwives and Liability Survey every 5 years
Contributes education and resources to membership specific to liability issues
Quality & Safety Committee (QSC)
Works to advance, support, and showcase the quality of midwifery care practiced by ACNM members
Collaborates with ACNM to facilitate ACNM representation or input on interprofessional committees and task forces that aim to improve the quality and safety of maternal, neonatal, and women’s health care
Oversees the Benchmarking Project, an annual submission of selected metrics to showcase midwifery processes
The Education Advancement Sub-Division establishes and updates educational resources to properly prepare nurse-midwives, determining the activities that classify competency in nurse-midwifery and developing criteria that allow an individual to demonstrate such competency. The Sub-Division furthermore delineates and implements the process for practicing nurse-midwives to remain up-to-date in skills and information.
This Sub-Division comprises of the following sections: Clinical & Academic Educators, Advancement of Midwifery Education, Core Competency Task Force, Continuing Education, and Programs.
Clinical & Academic Educators Committee (CAEC)
Supports professional development, encourages innovation, and stimulates networking among midwifery educators, medical students, residents, and nursing and midwifery students
Committee for Advancement of Midwifery Education (CAME)
Aims to better the education of current, new, and student midwives to increase numbers of practicing midwives in the United States
Supports the work of the Core Competency Sub-Committee
Continuing Education Committee (CEC)
Reviews all program applications to ACNM for Continuing Education (CE), including the ACNM Annual Meeting, Midwifery Works, and Journal for Midwifery and Women’s Health
Program Committee (PC)
Plans, coordinates, and evaluates the educational content of the ACNM Annual Meeting
Conducts the Annual Business Meeting, which involves the collaborative efforts of the Board, ACNM staff, contracted meeting partners, committee members, and vendors
Division of Research further advances the profession of midwifery by promoting the development, dissemination, and implementation of research. DOR is inspires, conducts, coordinates, and links research activities within the ACNM, as well as with other national and international midwifery research organizations.
The Division further nurtures the research interests and abilities of ACNM members, fostering communication among midwifery researchers, clinicians, the media, policy makers, health planners and funders. The DOR advises the ACNM about research issues including membership surveys, research priorities, and evaluation of research proposals that require ACNM endorsement or support.
Data & Information Management Committee (DIMC)
Encourages the systematic collection of data for midwifery practice and education; assists with the ACNM membership data collection
Continues the development and refinement of data collection about midwifery practice and education, including the use of minimum data sets
Supports the use of technology in the collection of midwifery data by the members
Encourages the development of Practice Based Research Networks (PBRN).
Serves as advisor to the Membership Survey (annually and as needed)
Global Research Committee (GRC)
Communicates relevant information of the DGE to the DOR
Solicits and reviews global health abstracts for the ACNM Annual Meetings
Coordinates review and selection of Global Health Research Award in coordination with DOR
Research Networking Committee (RNC)
Maintains the DOR membership and leadership roster
Plans and facilitates networking opportunities for researchers and other ACNM members interested in research
Research Dissemination Committee (RDC)
Promotes the development of a research culture within the ACNM
Coordinates Division of Research activities at the Annual Meeting, including abstract review and judging
Supports specific activities to assist members to use research and evidence-based care in clinical practice
Serves as liaison for the Program Committee; promotes and facilitates research presentations and posters at the ACNM Annual Meeting
Research Survey Committee (RSC)
Reviews all requests from researchers and marketers who wish to use members of ACNM as participants in their research
Workforce Committee (WC)
Fosters data collection and supports policy dialogue on the CNM/CM workforce on the state and national level
Task forces are groups of members that are assigned very specific and defined tasks under the direction of appropriate committees. These groups generally report directly to their respective overseeing committee.
Gender Equity Task Force investigates simulation, didactic material, clinical experiences, and areas for curricular sharing that can be incorporated into student midwives’ and obstetrical residents’ educations.
Interprofessional Education Task Force develops instructional, simulative, and clinical opportunities for midwifery students and obstetrics-gynecology residents to work together as learners in joint ACNM and ACOG partnerships.
Ultrasound Education Task Force facilitates coordination between the Board and membership with national organizations that develop standards of practice which include midwifery providers with the distinct scope of ultrasound use for midwifery practice.
These are groups that aim to provide fellowship, support and networking opportunities on topics of interest.
Disaster Preparedness and Response Caucus: Also called the “humanitarian space,” this caucus maintains professionalism, coordination, and accountability in supporting ACNM members’ desire to participate in disaster preparedness and response activities.
Friends of the Midwives of Color Committee & Ethnic Diversity Caucus: Dedicated to assisting the Midwives of Color Committee, this caucus works to promote and increase ethnic diversity among midwives.
Medical Education Caucus: As ACNM members who aspire to enhance medical education, this caucus actively promotes the role of midwives in the field by encouraging normal pregnancy and birth in a woman-centered philosophy.
Midwifery Business Network Caucus: This caucus examines the business needs of the membership.
Midwifery History Caucus: This caucus maintains and preserves historically significant material for reference by ACNM members, midwifery students, and individual researchers approved by the Board.
Midwives Teaching Nurses Caucus: This caucus shares best practices, recommended texts, and other teaching tips for midwives who teach undergraduate nurses. Additionally, members of this caucus present at the ACNM Annual Meeting, highlighting the importance of this professional role for midwives.
Midwives Teaching Midwives Caucus: This caucus acts as a venue where midwifery educators share information, learn from each other, and participate in problem-solving and professional growth.
Native American Caucus: This caucus offers a place for anyone interested in the work of midwives in Indian Country or Alaska, or in the health and well-being of Native American women and mothers.
Public Health Caucus: This caucus is a forum for midwives with public health backgrounds or relevant interests to connect, exchange ideas, affect policy, and promote the education of the general membership surrounding such issues as interpersonal violence, STD screening/treatment, care of the HIV-infected woman, and other diverse public health topics that members of the caucus find appropriate.