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A Code of Ethics for Nurse-Midwives presents a brief review of health care codes and their value, along with a proposed code of ethics for consideration by the American College of Nurse-Midwives and midwives anywhere. Out of the discussion may come an adopted code—this one, a variant, some other—or none, but the discussion will sharpen awareness of the ethical nature of practice. The proposed code of ethics is followed by a rationale, or statement—somewhat in the tradition of the ANA Code for Nurses statement—to share the thinking (the ethical “Why?”) behind the code itself.