The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) Philosophy of Care:
The belief that every person has a right to:
Equitable, ethical, accessible quality health care that promotes healing and health
Health care that respects human dignity, individuality and diversity among groups
Complete and accurate information to make informed health care decisions
Self-determination and active participation in health care decisions
Involvement of a woman's designated family members, to the extent desired, in all health care experiences
The belief that the best model of health care for a woman and her family:
Promotes a continuous and compassionate partnership
Acknowledges a person's life experiences and knowledge
Includes individualized methods of care and healing guided by the best evidence available
Involves therapeutic use of human presence and skillful communication
To honor the normalcy of women's life-cycle events, the belief that:
Watchful waiting and non-intervention in normal processes
Appropriate use of interventions and technology for current or potential health problems
Consultation, collaboration and referral with other members of the health care team as needed to provide optimal health care
The ACNM affirms that midwifery care incorporates these qualities and that women's health care needs are well-served through midwifery care.
Finally, ACNM values formal education, lifelong individual learning, and the development and application of research to guide ethical and competent midwifery practice. These beliefs and values provide the foundation for commitment to individual and collective leadership at the community, state, national, and international level to improve the health of women and their families worldwide.
As a CNM, I stand by this philosophy of care to ensure that every woman receives the highest level of care that is tailored to her individual needs and desires.
As a child, I had always had a desire to become a nurse. As the time passed, it became very clear to me that my true calling was to care for women during pregnancy. This calling has since grown into something much bigger today in caring for all women throughout the lifespan. As a Certified Nurse Midwife, I believe that all women should have access to midwifery care. A woman also has the right to choose a birth setting that is appropriate for her individual beliefs and desires.
I currently practice as a Certified Nurse Midwife in a hospital setting.
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