Midwifery practice as conducted by certified nurse midwives cnms and certified midwives cms is the independent management of womens health care focusing particularly on pregnancy childbirth the post partum period care of the newborn and the family planning and gynecologic needs of. 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. Midwifery began a slow rebirth in the united states in the form of nurse midwifery when the frontier nursing service fns was founded in a poor rural county in kentucky in 1925 by the early 1960s nearly 40 years after the fns was started fewer than 70 nurse midwives were in practice in the us despite their relatively small numbers . Return to about acnm about midwives our scope of practice our scope of practice midwifery as practiced by certified nurse midwives cnms and certified midwives cms encompasses a full range of primary health care services for women from adolescence beyond menopause
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