American College of Nurse-Midwives’ (ACNM) Declaration
I was horrified when I read the American College of Nurse-Midwives’ (ACNM) declaration of opposition to federal recognition for the CPM, or Certified Professional Midwife. One of my most recent blogs was on unity within the midwifery profession, and was written before this declaration came out. I had wanted to write something on this topic, but found that Geradine Simkins, Certified Nurse-Midwife and MANA Board President, had already written a well-thought-out open letter to the ACNM Board of Directors and Executive Director. Please read it, as the future of midwifery is in the balance.
If you are a CNM, please write to your board and state your objection. It is more powerful coming from each of you. We must--let me repeat, must--work together for the good of motherbaby and midwifery or this division will result in our failure. We each have areas of expertise and influence, but divided we will fall.