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THE EVOLUTION OF THE CORE COMPETENCIES FOR BASIC MIDWIFERY PRACTICE

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Nurse-Midwifery Program, University of Minnesota, School of Nursing, 6–101 Weaver Densford Hall, 308 Harvard Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455.

ABSTRACT

The Core Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice, as promulgated by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), was first published in 1978 to provide a standard approach to nurse-midwifery education. Since then, it has been revised three times, most recently in 1997, and now serve as the curricular template for ACNM-accredited education programs. This paper discusses the historic evolution of the core competencies and the document's use in midwifery education and practice.

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