The Bulletin of the American College of Nurse-Midwifery, the first professional magazine of the American College of Nurse-Midwifery, came into being in December, 1955. It served as a cohesive agent for the then small group of pioneering nurse-midwives. As the acceptance of nurse-midwifery increased, so did the Bulletin's readership grow, both in and out of the profession, and it expanded its content to educate maternal-child health professionals and the public about nurse-midwives and nurse-midwifery. Then in 1968, reflecting the ACNM's name change, the magazine became the Bulletin of the American College of Nurse-Midwives.
Nurse-midwifery's struggle for acceptance as a vital part of the obstetrical team is not over, but there are other priorities in the forefront now. Among them is the need to meet the demands for more clinical nurse-midwives as legislation changes and more families, hospitals, group and private practices, and agencies in the Federal Government request the services of nurse-midwives, and as a result of this, the necessity grows for nurse-midwives to become an increasingly vocal and informed group of health care professionals.
Through the foresight of the Bulletin's Editor, Elisabeth King, and her Editorial Board, the Executive Board of the American College of Nurse-Midwives and many others, the need to change the Bulletin to keep pace with the professional organization was obvious. Because of their efforts and the cooperation of the magazine's new publisher, Hance Associates, we proudly present the first issue of the Journal of Nurse-Midwifery. We intend that this enlargement of the original magazine will reflect the national and international expansion of the range and breadth of nurse-midwifery practice in the last few years.
The Journal and its Editorial Board is dedicated to providing you with a professional magazine that will keep you abreast of the advances, trends, happenings and controversies in the maternal-child health care field. The new format with its greater number of pages will give you more articles and reviews, more information in each quarterly issue on developments related to nurse-midwifery.
The Editorial Board sees the Journal as not only the professional magazine of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, but the medium through which nurse-midwives can share their clinical experiences, research and the advancements in family life education by contributing articles and papers. Readers are asked to voice their opinions through the Letters to the Editor page. The Journal wants you to participate in your professional magazine.
Ruth Helmich, C.N.M., M.S.1Donnie Brown11New York, N.Y.