ACNM Opposes the Separation of Children, Parents, and Families
The American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) strongly opposes the practice of separating members of migrant and asylum-seeking families, or any families. “Isolating children in this manner is morally wrong, abusive, induces trauma and chronic stress and has lifelong health implications,” stated Susan Stone, CNM, DNSc, FACNM, FAAN, President, ACNM Board of Directors. “It is wholly contrary to our mission to achieve optimal health for women through the lifespan, promote optimal care of the newborn, support women and families, and eliminate health disparities. We are disturbed by reports that a breastfeeding infant was separated from its mother and that manipulative tactics are being used to separate children from other family members.”
ACNM strongly recommends an immediate halt to forced separation and swift reunification of these families. We support statements against separation issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Psychiatric Association (APA), and the American College of Physicians (ACP).
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. Our members are primary care providers for women throughout the lifespan, with a special emphasis on pregnancy, childbirth, and gynecologic and reproductive health. ACNM reviews research, administers and promotes continuing education programs, and works with organizations, state and federal agencies, and members of Congress to advance the well-being of women and infants through the practice of midwifery.
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American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP): Statement Against Separation
American Psychiatric Association (APA): Statement Against Separation
American College of Physicians (ACP): Statement Against Separation
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