The most important members of our population are childbearing women and their care providers. Nurse-midwives are specialists in normal birth and their outcome statistics have been superb in those settings where they are allowed to adopt a noninterventive style of labor support. Nurse-midwives' outstanding service to women and newborns is well-documented and needs more recognition.
This paper cites some of the documented achievements of nurse-midwifery and presents a fantasized look at the status of the profession in the year 2001. It is an adaptation of a luncheon address given at the National Colloquium on Nurse-Midwifery in America, which was held March 15, 1986 in Arlington, Virginia.