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  • Deanne R. Williams CNM, MS

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    • 1Deanne Williams is currently the first Director of Professional Services and Support for the American College of Nurse-Midwives. Her nurse-midwifery education and master's degree were earned at the University of Utah. In addition to serving as regional representative on the ACNM Board of Directors and Chairperson of the ACNM Disciplinary Committee, Deanne has been Director of the Intermountain Nurse-Midwifery Service in Salt Lake City and has held faculty positions at the University of Utah Schools of Medicine and Nursing. She was chosen as a 1994 Primary Care Policy Fellow by the United States Public Health Service.

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As the U.S. health care system struggles to respond to demands for accessible, quality, sensitive, and cost-effective care, the contribution of nurse-midwives is receiving renewed attention. Many institutions are seeking assistance as they move to credential certified nurse-midwives for the first time or as they reassess their credentialing policies and procedures. This article provides an extensive review of multiple issues relating to credentialing nurse-midwives including nurse-midwifery education, licensure, scope of practice, professional liability, relationship with physicians, and delineation of privileges. The article also reviews Medicare Hospital Conditions of Participation and Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations requirements as they relate to nurse-midwifery practice.