Created by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), National Midwifery Week celebrates and recognizes midwives and midwife-led care in the United States. This year, National Midwifery Week is October 4 – 10, focusing on “Midwives for Equity.”
With the belief that every person has a right to equitable, ethical, accessible, quality health care, midwives play a key part in enhancing equity among all populations of the United States. Even more special this year is that the World Health Organization has designated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife #2020YNW.
ACNM is the professional association that represents certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) in the U.S., and sets the standard for excellence in midwifery education and practice in the U.S., while strengthening the capacity of midwives in developing countries.
Members of ACNM are primary care providers for women throughout their lives, with a special emphasis on pregnancy, childbirth, and gynecologic and reproductive health. According to the American Midwifery Certification Board, there are 11,475 CNMs in the US, with 53% of CNMs identifying reproductive care and 33% identifying primary care as main responsibilities in their full-time positions.
Join The Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses and our amazing APRNs in celebrating National Midwifery Week by taking a moment to acknowledge the collective impact of the profession on women’s health.