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Diversification and Inclusion

ACNM Strategic Plan and Diversification and Inclusion (D+I)

The ACNM 2015 - 2020 Strategic Plan identifies diversification and inclusion as one of ACNM's 5 core commitments over the next five years. This commitment clearly states that ACNM embraces diversity and inclusion in our profession and organization at every level to meet the needs of a diverse US population and so that all CNMs and CMs feel welcome and able to contribute to the profession. We have included strategies throughout the new plan to develop a deeper understanding of how to be more welcoming to midwives of color and others who have been traditionally underrepresented in ACNM. We also are committing to creating greater transparency in the leadership process so that every member is able to participate fully in ACNM affiliates and the national organization.


ACNM formed a D+I Task Force in 2012 to provide an understanding of the strengths and barriers in our organization related to diversification and inclusion and to begin to develop a strategy to become a more diverse and inclusive organization. In 2013, the Task Force selected Jodi DeLibertis of Greater Good Consulting to assist in developing this strategy. The work of the Task Force and the consultancy included personal interviews, focus groups, and a survey of ACNM members, as well as observations about how ACNM functions as an organization. The Task Force has also provided a number of programs, activities and communications for ACNM members at the ACNM Annual Meeting, Midwifery Works!, and Quickening.

February 2020 Report

Eliminating the Racial Disparities Contributing to the Rise in U.S. Maternal Mortality: Perspectives from the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), Black Mamas Matter Alliance (BMMA), and International Confederation of Midwives (ICM)

As the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) recognizes the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, our nation participates in a month-long commemoration of black history. ACNM acknowledges an essential part of our American story, one that offers positive transformation and change through greater understanding. Black History Month reminds us of where we have been as a nation, so we know where we need to go. Today, our country needs to end preventable maternal mortality, a tragedy often fueled by racism and systemic inequality that disproportionately impacts people of color. To broaden the discussion, ACNM invited its state affiliate organizations, the Black Mamas Matter Alliance (BMMA), and the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) to provide commentary on the issue.

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May 2019 Report

For ACNM, D+I is both a business principle and practice. We will continue to commit time, attention, and resources to D+I and help our affiliates do the same. We will focus on broadening and deepening the conversation about diversity, equity, and inclusion within our organization and the profession of midwifery. Specifically, we are translating strategic priorities into action and determining a sustainable leadership model for midwives who have historically been underrepresented in ACNM.

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June 2015 Report

This work of the Task Force and Greater Good Consulting has resulted in the June 2015 report, "Shifting the Frame: A report on diversity and inclusion in the American College of Nurse-Midwives." The report captures the key findings of the ACNM diversity and inclusion assessment conducted in 2014 and provides strategic direction and goals to enable ACNM to cultivate diversification and inclusion within the association and the profession of midwifery. It includes, as a preface, a letter of reflection and response from the ACNM Board of Directors.


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