American College of Nurse-Midwives  

A professional organization for certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives, the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) was incorporated in 1955 to fill a void and provide a forum and voice for nurse-midwifery.

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During the mid-1940s the National Organization of Public Health Nurses (NOPHN) established a section for nurse-midwives. A few years later though, when there was a general reorganization of the national nursing organizations, the NOPHN was absorbed into the American Nurse's Association and the National League for Nursing, and there was no provision within these organizations for a recognizable entity of nurse-midwives. Instead, the nurse-midwives were assigned to the Maternal and Child Health--National League for Nursing Interdivisional Council, which encompassed areas like obstetrics, pediatrics, and orthopedics. The membership and concerns of this council were simply too broad to serve as a forum or voice for nurse-midwifery, thus the American College of Nurse-Midwives was founded to meet the needs of nurse-midwives.






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