Mission and Overview
The Division of Research (DOR) contributes to knowledge about the health of women, infants and families and advances the profession of midwifery by promoting the development, conduct and dissemination of research. The role of the DOR is to inspire, facilitate, disseminate, coordinate and link research activities within ACNM, as well as with other national and international midwifery research organizations. We focus on research that investigates, elucidates and advances midwifery practice and education. We aim to develop a midwifery research agenda, and disseminate it widely.
The DOR helps develop the research interests and abilities of ACNM members, and fosters communication among midwifery researchers, clinicians, the media, policy makers, health planners and funders. We advise ACNM about research issues, including membership surveys, research priorities, and evaluation of research proposals that require ACNM endorsement or support.
The DOR works closely with other entities within the ACNM, including the Program Committee, DSOP, DOE, Public Relations, the International Health Committee, Global Outreach, and the ACNM Foundation. Our mutual goal is to use research to inform clinical midwifery practice and care, for the benefit of women, infants, and the midwifery profession.
We are eager to develop new activities and involve more midwifery researchers (including students). We welcome your interest! If you would like to become a DOR member, download the Committee Interest Form from this website and send it with a letter of interest to the ACNM Vice President (address is on application). S/he will forward the application to the DOR. At the same time please email the DOR chair of your interest in becoming a DOR member (firstname.lastname@example.org). You may also join the Research eMidwife Discussion Group.