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With roots dating to 1929, ACNM is the oldest women’s health care organization in the United States. Learn about our history, discover the mission, vision, and core values that drive our current work, and explore our FutureFocus strategic goals to find out where we’re going.The mission of the American College of Nurse-Midwives is to support midwives and advance the practice of midwifery in order to achieve optimal health for women through their lifespan, with expertise in well woman and gynecologic care, promoting optimal pregnancy, physiologic birth, postpartum care, and care of the newborn. ACNM supports the practice of midwives by promoting education, research, and advocacy that advances clinical excellence, expansion of a diverse midwifery workforce, and equitable legislation, regulation, and institutional policies that establish midwifery as the standard of care for women.