The american college of nurse midwives acnm is the professional association that represents certified nurse midwives cnms and certified midwives cms in the united states with roots dating to 1929 acnm sets the standard for excellence in midwifery education and practice in the united states and strengthens the capacity of midwives in developing countries. A certified nurse midwife cnm is a person who has dual education as a registered nurse as well as in midwifery and womens health cnms are certified by american midwifery certification board amcb cnms focus especially on care of women and their families during pregnancy birth and the postpartum period. Midwives birth in the united states the american college of nurse midwives acnm is the professional association representing certified nurse midwives cnms and certified midwives cms in the united states according to the american midwifery certification board as of august 2017 there were 11826 cnms and 101 cms1 the vast majority . The american academy of family physicians aafp opposed nurse midwifery and issued formal statements to that effect in 1980 1990 and 1993 aafp stated the belief that all nurse midwives should work non independently and that all payments should go through the physician. The duties of a nurse midwife are not limited to pregnancies nurse midwives also provide gynecological care and prescribe birth control these are the top graduate programs that train nurse midwives
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