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ABSTRACT

The nurse-midwife's past, present, and future roles in the primary care of women are explored using a recent Institute of Medicine report on primary care as a framework for discussion. Primary care, the scope of services, and the role of the primary care clinician are described, and specific strategies for a primary care emphasis in basic nurse-midwifery education are addressed. The nurse-midwife's future roles in collaborative practice for the primary care of women and the need for continuing education opportunities in primary care are also discussed.