The American College of Nurse-Midwives created National Midwifery Week (#NMW2021) to celebrate and recognize midwives and midwife-led care. This year, Midwifery Week will be celebrated October 3-9, 2021, with the theme “Midwives for Every Community.”
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.
As the professional association that represents certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs), ACNM sets the standard for excellence in midwifery education and practice in the United States. In addition, the ACNM seeks to strengthen the capacity of midwives in developing countries, as well.
Members of ACNM are primary care providers for women throughout their lives, with a special emphasis on pregnancy, childbirth, and gynecologic and reproductive health. While the American Midwifery Certification Board shows that there were 11,475 CNMs in the US as of 2016, employment of nurse midwives is projected to grow 45% percent from 2019 to 2029, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.
The Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses is proud to represent the interests of more than 17,000 APRNs currently practicing in Ohio and continually advocates at local, state, and federal levels for the recognition of APRNs as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, accessible healthcare for all Ohioans.
As we recognize the CNMs among our membership and throughout Ohio during National Midwifery Week, please take a moment to acknowledge their collective impact of the profession on women’s health and say thank you!