Volunteer OpportunitiesVolunteering 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 by giving back to others. The American College of Nurse-Midwives is unique in that we provide all interested volunteers with a wide range of opportunities and positions. Apply for one of our open volunteer positions today!
Clinical Standards and Documents CommitteeThe Clinical Standards & Documents (CS&D) committee is one of the most important ACNM committees. Volunteers work to write and revise ACNM documents that affect midwifery practice. Consider joining!
Members are responsible for participating in revisions, updates, editing, and creation of new documents. Clinical bulletins, issue briefs and position statements may originate within the committee or in other committees. CSD reviews all documents prior to submission to the Board of Directors for approval. CS&D typically meets bi-monthly via telephone or more frequently as needed with a 2-4 hour face-to-face meeting at the ACNM annual meeting. The majority of committee work occurs via email and online platforms.
The ability to write and edit scholarly writing is important to this committee work, so midwives with a doctorate or doctoral students are encouraged to apply. For more information, please email [email protected]
Rural Midwifery TaskforceWe are setting up a task force to evaluate needs of midwives practicing in the rural setting. The goal is to identify opportunities and strategies to support patients and midwives living and/or working in rural communities.
The application deadline is February 3, 2022. Please contact [email protected] with any questions.
School Policies & Processes Taskforce (Subgroup of Racism in Midwifery Education Taskforce)The School Policies & Processes Subgroup of the Racism in Midwivery Education Taskforce is seeking additional committee members. The goal of this subgroup is to develop an action plan that will target school policies related to equitable and inclusive admission processes.
The application deadline is February 3, 2022. Please contact [email protected] with any questions.
Revision of Philosophy TaskforceWe are setting up a task force to review and revise the ACNM Philosophy document. This work will involve a monthly meeting and document review using the ACNM Equity Lens Tool. All points of view, all backgrounds, and all midwifery experiences are welcome, including students.
The deadline for the application is January 31, 2022.
This is an opportunity to contribute to ACNM for a discrete project that will result in revision of an important document. Jump in!
Committee Members: The Affiliate Development and Support CommitteeThe Affiliate Development and Support Committee (AD&S) is seeking additional committee members. We seek members with all levels of expertise and interest. This is an ideal committee for students and "entry-level" national committee volunteers. The AD&S has a broad mandate to support Affiliates and affiliate leaders to:
- Effectively govern and manage ACNM Affiliates through access to current and pertinent materials, toolkits, training, mentoring, website, and other resources
- Advance an antiracist agenda and increase diversity and inclusion within the membership and leadership of affiliates
- Increase Affiliate member numbers, participation, and satisfaction
- Perform effective advocacy and coalition building
- Facilitate student engagement at the affiliate level
- Provide professional development opportunities for members
- Encourage, recognize, and support preceptors at the state and local level
- Anti-Racism Workgroup
- Webinars (monthly or bi-monthly webinars addressing Affiliate leader needs and requests)
- "Increasing Affiliate Participation" Project
- Annual Meeting Affiliate Leader Workshop Planning
- "Nuts and Bolts" - helping new affiliate leaders get started and keeping materials current
- Outreach and collaboration w/other committees (especially Membership, History/Archives, Leadership, and Advocacy
Board Member: Midwives PAC, ACNM's Political Action CommitteeThe fabulous Midwives PAC is seeking two new board members! The Midwives PAC is the fundraising arm of the ACNM Advocacy division. This volunteer position offers the opportunity to learn about advocacy at the national level. The Midwives PAC is a working committee that plans the Midwives PAC Rally and auction at ACNM’s Annual Meeting and continues fundraising efforts throughout the year. The money we raise is donated to the campaigns of federal legislators, enabling them to support national policies that make midwifery care more accessible throughout the US. The Midwives-PAC is committed to diversity and inclusion within our committee. Our advocacy efforts include the diversification of the midwifery profession and the closing of racial disparities in maternal and neonatal health outcomes. We are looking for energetic and creative midwives committed to amplifying midwives’ voices in Washington DC.
Qualifications of Members
- Member of the ACNM in good standing, with the majority of members being active members of the ACNM
- Able to participate in committee activities, including checking and responding to email communication daily as needed (except for extenuating circumstances)
- Previous and current donor of the Midwives-PAC
- Agrees to a pledge of confidentiality and conflict of interest
- Knowledge and interest in the political and policy activities of ACNM
- Skills in organizational management
- Able to attend and serve as needed during the Annual Meeting at least every other year (except for extenuating circumstances). A member who does not attend the Annual Meeting for two consecutive years may be dropped from committee membership.
- Able to participate in at least half of the monthly to quarterly conference calls. A member who cannot participate in at least half may be dropped from committee membership at the discretion of the Chair.
- Assist with the promotion, solicitation, facilitation, receipt, and accumulation of voluntary contributions from members of the ACNM or others who may be legally solicited, as well as assist with the distribution of funds.
- Identify fundraising strategies to meet the target contribution goals of the Midwives-PAC.
- Become familiar with the rules and regulations governing political action committees, primarily through an orientation/review at the Annual Meeting and through the FEC.
- Educate CNMs, CMs, midwifery students, and other supporters of the profession about the political process and encourage their participation and contributions to the Midwives-PAC through outreach and advocacy efforts.
- Take responsibility for recruitment and retention of prior donors, especially those at donor club participation level.
- Identify prospective donor club level participants among ACNM members.
- Serve as resources for local affiliates for state legislative advocacy, and assist with the development and management of state PACs as needed.
- Serve and attend meetings and events as needed during the Annual Meeting. Each committee member will staff the Midwives-PAC/GAC booth for the purposes of fundraising and ACNM member education on the Midwives-PAC.
- Mentor potential future committee members in fundraising and PAC acumen and management.
- Contribute to the Midwives-PAC on an annual basis.
Chair, Ethics Committee
The ACNM Ethics Committee is looking for a new chair. The Ethics Committee, as part of the Division of Organizational Capacity, reviews ACNM documents and position statements with an ethical lens, presents annually at the ACNM Annual Meeting on an ethical issue for clinical practice, and sends representatives to other ACNM work groups and task forces. The Committee meets annually and as needed throughout the year. All interested parties should contact Ira Kantrowitz-Gordon, current Ethics Committee Chair or Michelle Munroe, Chair, Division of Organizational Capacity.
The deadline for the application is January 28, 2022.
ACNM Division of Global Engagement (DGE) - Program Planning Committee ChairThe ACNM DGE Program Planning Committee(PPC) is seeking a new chair. The chair oversees all DGE PPC work, meetings, and volunteers; attends all committee meetings; and serves on the DGE Board of Governors. Responsibilities of the chair include:
1) Organize and host the DGE Reception & Silent Auction at the Annual Meeting (AM)
2) Lead and coordinate DGE-supported fundraising for the Bonnie Westenberg Pedersen International Midwife Award
3) Participate in recruitment, selection, and hosting of the Pedersen Awardee, thus the Chair really must be present at the Annual Meeting for these events.
The chair also provides reports to the Division Chair, serves as liaison to the ACNM Program Committee and A.C.N.M. Foundation, and performs other tasks as appropriate. The successful applicant will serve as Chair-Elect for 6 months followed by a three-year term as chair. If interested, please send CV and Cover Letter to Robyn Churchill by February 15, 2022.
ACNM Division of Global Engagement (DGE) - Division Chair
Mission of ACNM Division of Global Engagement
The ACNM Division of Global Engagement (DGE) works to expand the interest and expertise of ACNM members and to support global health engagement through exchange of information and increasing midwives' general knowledge about midwifery around the world.
ACNM Division of Global Health Scope of Work
The ACNM DGE is composed of active and involved ACNM member volunteers who, as global citizens, promote understanding of the reciprocal benefits of working with diverse communities around the world. DGE members promote sharing of midwifery expertise to improve both midwifery workforce capacity and the quality of health care systems for women and their families.
In partnership with ACNM, the DGE offers venues for sharing global health and midwifery information and research to increase the number of ACNM members participating in global health. The DGE is active in the global exchange of information and provides support to international midwives to attend the ACNM Annual Meeting semi-annually. The DGE maintains effective and up-to-date communication to help engage, educate, and connect ACNM members interested in global midwifery. DGE promotes responsible, effective contributions by ACNM members to support midwifery around the world, through networking, research, education, communication, and guidance on global health competencies.
The Chair of ACNM provides guidance and coordination for the three Divisions (Education, Networking and Program Planning),
- Provides strategic direction for the division, in alignment with the ACNM Strategic Plan, under the direction of the Board of Directors
- Facilitates coordination for the three Committees (Education, Networking and Program Planning)
- Serves as Liaison to the National Office, and supports ACNM's participation in the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) triennial
- Regularly Communicates with and updates the Board of Directors through quarterly reports, and through the BoD Liaison.
- Represents the division on the Volunteer Leadership Council
- Actively represents the Division at Annual Meeting, through the Global Health Reception and Silent Auction. Moderating the Hot Topics in Global Health Panel, and hosting an Open Division Meeting for all ACNM members)