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We, the midwives of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, affirm the power and strength of women and the importance of their health in the well-being of families, communities and nations. We believe in the basic human rights of all persons, recognizing that women often incur an undue burden of risk when these rights are violated.
We believe every person has a right to:
We believe the best model of health care for a woman and her family:
We honor the normalcy of women's lifecycle events. We believe in:
We affirm that midwifery care incorporates these qualities and that women's health care needs are well-served through midwifery care.
Finally, we value formal education, lifelong individual learning, and the development and application of research to guide ethical and competent midwifery practice. These beliefs and values provide the foundation for commitment to individual and collective leadership at the community, state, national and international level to improve the health of women and their families worldwide.
Revised last: September, 2004
(Replaces version updated October, 1989)
|ACNM Vision, Mission, and Core Values||Standard Setting Documents|
|Code of Ethics||Standard Setting Documents|
|Code of Ethics with Explanatory Statements||Standard Setting Documents|
|Competencies for Master's Level Midwifery Education||Standard Setting Documents|
|Core Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice||Standard Setting Documents|
|Definition of Midwifery and Scope of Practice of Certified Nurse-Midwives and Certified Midwives||Standard Setting Documents|
|Philosophy of the American College of Nurse-Midwives||Standard Setting Documents|
|Standards for the Practice of Midwifery||Standard Setting Documents|
|The Practice Doctorate in Midwifery||Standard Setting Documents|