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The 1990 Annual ACNM Membership Survey was conducted by the Division of Research for the purpose of obtaining current information about certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) who were members of ACNM. Of the 2,899 surveys sent, 1,992 surveys were returned from 1,877 CNMs and 115 student nurse-midwives (a response rate of 68.7%). The mean age of the CNMs was 41.8 years. Most were female (97.9%) and white (95.3%); 85.1% were active members and 6% were life members of ACNM. The CNMs had been employed in nurse-midwifery-related employment a mean of 8.5 years. The greatest proportion were in clinical nurse-midwifery practice attending births (64.2%). An additional 10.0% were in clinical nurse-midwifery practice not attending births. Experienced nurse-midwives employed full-time reported a mean annual Income of $45,229 and being on-call 71.4 hours per week. New nurse-midwives employed full-time reported a mean annual income of $40,504 and being on-call 59.6 hours per week. Most nurse-midwives employed full-time were salaried (57.4%), whereas most CNMs working part-time were paid based on the number of hours worked (49.7%)