Program areas at ACNM
Membership - acnm is the leading professional organization in the united states for certified Nurse-Midwives and certified midwives. Acnm 2019 membership totaled 6,730. Acnm designs and provides benefits and services that assist members in serving their patients, their community, and their profession. Resources include educational meetings, academic publications and evidence-based guidelines, advocacy and consultative assistance on employment practices, clinical practice issues, billing and reimbursement, quality of care, public awareness, national marketing campaigns, affiliate chapter support, federal and state legislative tracking, and regulatory proceedings.
Midwifery services - the department of midwifery practice, education and global outreach (mpego) provides leadership in the development of resources for the acnm membership related to professional practice issues and health care policy and reform. The department develops and implements programs that offer members and others timely and accurate assistance with the practice of midwifery, including the development of professional practice resources, formal presentations, continuing education and the promotion and distribution of research. Mpego is the "client service" arm of acnm and serves a diverse constituency that includes consumers, members, prospective members, students, policymakers, employers and potential employers, health care organizations, researchers and the media. Areas of focus include: professional liability, scope of practice, clinical privileges, reimbursement and credentialing, reentry into practice, health care policy, and sexual/reproductive health. The department also manages a number of domestic projects related to quality of care in obstetrics, and prevention of unnecessary cesarean section. The department also has the responsibility for the oversight of national and international advocacy on health policy. Under the auspices of mpego are global outreach program services. Global outreach is uniquely positioned to lead efforts in strengthening the profession of midwives and other health care workers around the world. Global outreach calls on the programmatic and technical expertise of its staff and membership to provide technical assistance and consultation for a full range of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child projects. Services extend to development implementation of in-service training systems, integrated pre-service strengthening, strengthening of health professions, community education, and mobilization of health care providers.
Meetings and exhibits - acnm sponsors two professional meetings each year. The midwifery works meeting occurred in october 2019 in phoenix, Arizona and focused on the business aspects of professional practice. In may 2019, the acnm 64nd annual meeting & exhibition in national harbor, Maryland, with the theme "advocating for health equity" convened to engage members and other interested parties in elevating the quality of care midwives provide and expand our reach even further into mainstream care for women across the country.