Commentary for the 2004 Revision of the ACNM Philosophy
Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
2005 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health
Volume 50, Issue 2, page 173, March-April 2005
How to Cite
(2005), Commentary for the 2004 Revision of the ACNM Philosophy. Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health, 50: 173. doi: 10.1016/j.jmwh.2005.01.007
- Issue published online: 24 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
Code of Ethics of the American College of Nurse-Midwives
The Code of Ethics sets forth values, ethical principles, and standards to which professionals aspire and by which their actions can be judged. The purpose of this code is to identify the moral obligations of all certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives inherent in their professional roles. Specifically, midwives are obligated to support and maintain the integrity of the profession of midwifery in order to promote the health and well-being of women and newborns within their families and communities.
Midwives in all aspects of professional relationships will:
- 1Respect basic human rights and the dignity of all persons.
- 2Respect their own self worth, dignity, and professional integrity.Midwives in all aspects of their professional practice will:
- 3Develop a partnership with the woman in which each shares relevant information that leads to informed decision making, consent to an evolving plan of care, and acceptance of responsibility for the outcomes of their choices.
- 4Act without discrimination based on factors such as age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, lifestyle, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, disability, or nature of the health problem.
- 5Provide an environment where privacy is protected and in which all pertinent information is shared without bias, coercion, or deception.
- 6Maintain confidentiality except where disclosure is mandated by law.
- 7Maintain the necessary knowledge, skills, and behaviors needed for competence.
- 8Protect women, their families, and colleagues from harmful, unethical, or incompetent practices by taking appropriate action that may include reporting as mandated by law.Midwives as members of a profession will:
- 9Promote, advocate for, and strive to protect the rights, health, and well-being of women, families, and communities.
- 10Promote just distribution of resources and equity in access to quality health services.
- 11Promote and support the education of midwifery students and peers, standards of practice, research, and policies that enhance the health of women, families, and communities.
Source: Ad Hoc Committee on Code of Ethics
Approved. BOD 1990
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