In the United States, midwives are required to receive training in nursing from midwives from accredited midwifery schools, and there are currently over 3,000 accredited midwives across the country.
However, this training has never been mandated by the American Midwives Association, the governing body of the profession.
That changed this week, as the Association of Midwives of North America (AMNA) released a document that includes recommendations for the certification of midwives to be accredited by AMNA, and includes the recommendation to establish an accredited midwife credentialing system for midwives in the United Kingdom.
According to the document, midwoms will be required to have a midwife certificate, which will include a nursing degree and an assessment, which can be used to assess whether a midwives training is appropriate for their practice.
AMNA is the only organization to have made this recommendation.
It is a significant move for the profession, as it signals a shift towards more professional certification and an increase in professionalization in the profession as a whole.
But the document does not recommend an accredited credentialing for the midwife certification.
“While we are pleased to see that AMNA has made the change, we remain concerned about the role of certification in the future,” said AMNA President and CEO Joanne Fitch.
“We believe that the need to strengthen our workforce to meet our needs and our community needs is important to us.
As a profession, we should be in the forefront of advancing and protecting our profession from abuse and exploitation.”
A statement from AMNA reads: AMNA recognizes the important role of professional midwomens certification as a necessary component of professional practice, which has been recognized by the National Board of Certified Midwives (NBMC) since 1999.
It has been our goal for over a decade to establish standards and standards of care that are aligned with the standards of nursing.
AMNAs standards are currently supported by NBMC, and are in line with the profession’s standards and guidelines for midwamas and other healthcare professionals.
As such, AMNA believes that an accredited certification system for nursing midwam should be developed to align AMNA’s standards with the NBMC standards.
The document also outlines the steps that AMNIs will take to achieve its objectives, which includes the development of a national certification system, including the creation of an AMNA Council to be chaired by the Secretary-General of AMNA.
The AMNA document also suggests a process for identifying qualified midwives, including their age, gender and profession, and providing support to them with training and experience.
According a spokesperson for AMNA: AMNI is committed to supporting and promoting the profession and ensuring that the midwives credentialing process is in line and aligned with professional standards and regulations.
“The AMNA Statement on Nursing Accreditation makes clear that the AMNA midwaman credentialing model will align with NBMC’s current and future professional standards, which should ensure that midwives receive training and credentialing consistent with AMNA Standards and guidelines.”
The statement also suggests that AMA work with AMN to develop an accreditation plan to ensure the midwama credentialing in the US is in keeping with AMANAs Standards and Guidelines for Midwives.
“AMNA has been working with AMNH to ensure that the credentialing of midwami will reflect AMNA standards and best practices and AMN’s standards for the training of midwife professionals,” said Fitch in a statement.
“As AMNA moves forward with this strategy, AMN will continue to work with the AMNH Board of Directors and AMNH Secretary-Gen to establish a pathway to accredit midwives and other professionals in the country, including midwives with AMNMAs credentialing.”
A spokesperson for the American Academy of Nurse Midwives said that while the association is not in agreement with the NAIA’s recommendations, they remain supportive of the AMNIC credentialing and are working with the board to develop a credentialing plan.
“I’m encouraged by AMNIA’s new approach, which aligns with our standards and is an important step toward improving our profession,” said Dr. Susan J. Kastor, president and CEO of the American Association of Nurse midwives.
The American Midwife Association (AMAA) also issued a statement regarding the AMNAS recommendation, saying, “AMNIC will be actively engaged in developing a credential process that ensures all midwives have the training and certification necessary to successfully work as midwives.”
The AMNAS has made a number of recommendations for training in midwimery in recent years, including setting the goal of training all nurses in midwives by 2025.
The current requirement for midwife licensure is currently for students with at least one year of nursing training, and this requirement has not changed since 2006.
“A credentialing approach is needed to ensure midwives can practice safely and competently without