AN UPDATE ON THE CREDENTIALING OF MIDWIVES BY THE ACNM

Authors

  • Helen Varney Burst CNM, MSN, DHL (HON), FACNM

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    • Helen Varney Burst is a professor of nursing in the Yale University School of Nursing Nurse-Midwifery Program. She is the author of the first nurse-midwifery textbook in the United States and will complete revisions for the third edition this year. A past-President of the ACNM and a past-Chair of the former ACNM Division of Examiners, she is currently Chair of the ACNM Division of Accreditation.


Address correspondence to Helen Varney Burst, Yale University School of Nursing, Nurse-Midwifery Program, 25 Park St., New Haven, CT 06536.

ABSTRACT

This paper chronicles the events that took place between April 1994 and February 1995 specific to setting the standard for professional midwifery in the United States through the credentialing of midwives (other than nurse-midwives) by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM). A collection of documents that record the actions of ACNM leaders and the views of ACNM members related to this issue is also provided. The ACNM Board of Directors has determined that any non-nurse who is a graduate of an ACNM Division of Accreditation accredited midwifery program and has passed an ACNM Certification Council (ACC) national midwifery examination will be called an ACC Certified Midwife.

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