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Division of Research (DOR)


The purpose of the American College of Nurse Midwives' (ACNM) Division of Research (DOR) is to contribute to the knowledge about the health of women, infants, and their families and the advancement of the profession of midwifery by promoting the development, conduct, dissemination, and implementation of research.


The role of the DOR is to inspire, facilitate, disseminate, coordinate and link research activities within the 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.

The DOR develops and disseminates widely a midwifery research agenda that is continuously evolving to reflect contemporary strategic priorities In some cases, DOR members conduct research that address the needs of the profession; in other instances, the DOR will encourage, facilitate, and coordinate the research of others.

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. The DOR advises the ACNM about research issues, including membership surveys, research priorities, and evaluation of research proposals that require ACNM endorsement or support.

Chair: Carrie Klima PhD, CNM, FACNM 

Committees and Present Projects

Research Dissemination Committee: Promotes the development of a research culture within the ACNM.
Chair:  Gwen Latendresse PhD, CNM, FACNM   

Networking Committee: Promotes linkages between and collaboration with midwifery and interdisciplinary researchers
Chair:  Kathryn Osborn PhD, CNM, FACNM

Data & Information Management Committee: Encourages the systematic collection of data for midwifery practice & education.
Chair:  Ellen Tilden PhD, CNM

Survey Committee: Work with national office designee to assure ACNM policies and guidelines on the collection of survey data about its members are followed and to provide advice, when requested, on the development of surveys that originate from the national office.
Chair:  Kerry Schuiling PhD, CNM, FACNM

Global Health Research Committee: Promotes, produces, disseminates and implements midwifery research that emphasizes transnational health issues.
Chair:  Nicole Warren, PhD, MPH, CNM

Workforce Committee:  Promotes, implements and disseminates midwifery workforce data and information to stakeholders at the national level, including the ACNM, governmental and healthcare policy agencies.
Chair:  Margie Beal, PhD, CNM, FACNM 

Note from the Chair:  I would like to invite you to consider becoming a member of the Division of Research.  Our committees provide members with diverse interests to become an active and integral part of the research mission of the ACNM.  Our committees are active, usually meeting monthly, and provide opportunities to connect with women's health and midwifery researchers both nationally and internationally.  If you are not sure which committee is the right fit for you, please contact me to discuss your goals as a volunteer for the Division of Research and the ACNM.

If you would like to become a member of one of the committees or have questions about the Division of Research, please contact: Carrie Klima PhD, CNM, FACNM at


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