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Vision, Mission and Core Values


A midwife for every woman.


The mission of the American College of Nurse-Midwives is to support midwives and to ultimately advance the practice of midwifery, achieving optimal health for all women throughout their lifespan. To accomplish its goals, ACNM aspires to improve expertise in well-woman and gynecologic care, prioritizing optimal pregnancy, physiologic birth, postpartum care, and neonatal care.

ACNM upholds the practice of midwifery by: promoting education, research, and advocacy that advances clinical excellence; advocating for the expansion of a diverse midwifery workforce; and lobbying for equitable legislation, regulation, and institutional policies that establish midwifery as the standard of care for women.

Core Values

Excellence: ACNM values excellence in midwifery education, clinical practice, and research. We are committed to upholding the highest clinical and ethical standards, professional responsibility, accountability, and integrity.

Evidence-Based Care: ACNM evaluates, publishes, and showcases scientific evidence to improve professional practice. We are committed to upholding the most rigorous clinical practice standards in the midwifery profession and applying this knowledge and clinical expertise to help women make the best health decisions. We strongly support the use of quality measurement to improve care.

Formal Education: ACNM promotes the certification of midwives based on completion of nationally recognized and accredited midwifery education programs in accordance with the International Confederation of Midwives’ global standards for education. We support the interprofessional education of midwives with other health professionals to improve maternity care and women’s health services.

Inclusiveness: Through a lens that promotes a culture of inclusion in which diverse identities are respected, sought after, and embraced, ACNM shall carry forward its objectives so that all constituents may rise to leadership roles and contribute to their fullest potential. This includes, but is not limited to: race, ethnicity, culture, class, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, physical and intellectual ability, learning style, nationality, citizenship, age, mental health, professional background, midwifery certification, and degree.

Woman-Centered Care and Respect for Physiologic Processes: Womankind is the core of our practice. ACNM and its members respect each woman's right to dominion over her own health and care. Within a relationship of respect, compassion, informed consent and shared decision-making, we approach life events – such as puberty, birth, and menopause – as physiologic transitions that are best supported by education and midwifery expertise. Consequently, we encourage the preservation of normal birth.

Primary Care: ACNM members provide primary and maternity care services to help women of all ages and their newborns attain, regain, and maintain health. We emphasize the advancement of hygiene and education, disease prevention, and informed decision-making.

Partnership: Our members build partnerships with women and their families by providing guidance and counseling in a shared decision-making process. To further integrate midwifery care into the healthcare system, we partner with other healthcare advocates through collaboration and referral in order to provide optimal care to as many women as possible.

Advocacy: ACNM represents women’s voices and opinions on healthcare. We campaign on behalf of women and families, our members, and the midwifery profession to eliminate health disparities, increasing access to evidence-based, quality care. This includes the promotion of standards for entry to practice and continuing competency; funding for education and reimbursement for services; and increasing the visibility and recognition of the value of midwifery care.

Global Outreach: ACNM promotes the profession of midwifery at a global level. We foster quality and innovation in midwifery education and support the strengthening of the profession worldwide through educating, regulating, and association-building as keys to improving maternal and newborn health.

That the objectives of said corporation shall be:

  1. To study, develop and evaluate standards for nurse-midwifery and midwifery education;
  2. To support and assist in the development of nurse-midwifery and midwifery services/practices;
  3. To evaluate and accredit nurse-midwifery and midwifery education programs;
  4. To determine the eligibility of individuals to practice as certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives;
  5. To facilitate and coordinate the efforts of certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives who in the public interest provide quality services to individuals and childbearing families;
  6. To establish channels for communication and cooperation with other professional and nonprofessional groups who in the public interest share the objectives of ensuring sufficient quality services to individuals and childbearing families;
  7. To establish channels for interpretation of midwifery as practiced by CNMs and CMs to allied professional and non-professional groups on a regional, national and international basis;
  8. To promote research and the development of literature in the field of midwifery as practiced by CNMs and CMs;
  9. To speak for all members of the College in relation to issues affecting the professional affairs of certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives;
  10. To provide professional services to members of the College.
  11. To promote the College as a leader and major resource in the development and promotion of high-quality health care for women and infants, nationally and internationally. [4]

ACNM Strategic Plan 2015-2020
From 2015-2020, ACNM will organize its work into 5 strategic domains:
  • Domain 1: Supporting our Members
  • Domain 2: Supporting Our Affiliates
  • Domain 3: National Advancement of Midwifery & Women's Health
  • Domain 4: Global Engagement
  • Domain 5: Organizational Capacity

Our programs and strategies across all domains will emphasize 5 core commitments:
  • Diversification and Inclusion
  • Leadership Development
  • Research
  • Inter-professionalism
  • Communications

American College of Nurse-Midwives
8403 Colesville Rd. Ste. 1230 Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: 240.485.1800 Fax: 240.485.1818
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