October 5–11 is National Midwifery Week, an event created by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) to recognize midwives. ACOG is proud to partner with ACNM to further our shared goals of improving women’s health and increasing access to care for all women.
ACOG believes that women should have options in selecting qualified providers of care. Collaboration between ob-gyns, certified nurse-midwives (CNMs), and certified midwives (CMs) can help both ob-gyns and midwives meet patients’ needs. CNMs and CMs make ideal partners for ob-gyns because of our shared commitment to safe, high-quality health care.
ACOG has long-recognized the educational and professional standards used by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB), which certifies CNMs and CMs. Recently, ACOG issued a statement recognizing the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) Global Standards as the worldwide standards for midwifery education and licensure. ACOG’s statement also expresses support for ACNM, which also endorsed the ICM standards. Requiring all midwifery providers to meet the ICM standards will ensure a minimum level of qualification in all providers.
CNMs and CMs who are credentialed by AMCB meet the ICM standards, however, many certified professional midwives do not. ACOG is committed to working with ACNM to ensure that educational and training standards are applied universally across midwifery.
ACOG and ACNM are currently working at the state level to support legislation that will help implement the ICM principles in the US. States’ laws should require that all midwives meet the same education and training standards. This is the best way to ensure patient safety.
Join me this week in celebrating CNMs and CMs and their important partnership with ACOG.