Celebrating National Nurse-Midwifery Week

The term Midwife means “with woman,” and each year we celebrate Midwifery Week by recognizing the contributions of midwives and the experiences of the women they serve.

This year, OHSU School of Nursing and the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) invite you to learn more about midwifery and its rich 80-year history here in the United States.

At OHSU, we have a thriving faculty midwifery practice. Our midwifery graduate program was ranked number one by U.S. News and World Report consistently since 2004.

Since 1975, students and staff have educated the community on a broad range of women’s health issues, including nutrition, sexual health, menopause and osteoporosis. OHSU midwives also offer a water birth program, established in 1997.

To learn more about becoming a Nurse-Midwife, please take a look at the OHSU School of nursing program pages. Or to learn how to receive care from one of the OHSU midwives take a look at these web pages.

National Midwifery Week is supported by ACNM, its members, physicians, and women’s health organizations across the nation.


Christi Richardson is the Web and Communications Specialist for the OHSU School of Nursing. She manages the School’s newsletter, maintains the website and manages all social media and communications.


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  1. This is a very nice commentary about us and our practice, but I am compelled to say that midwifery in the USA has a very much longer history than 80 years. Midwives came over to the Jamestown Colony and on the Mayflower, and were probably caring for Native women before that.

    We are Nurse Midwives, and that “brand” opf midiwfery has a shorter history everywhere, but let’s pay tribute to the Sisters who came before us.

  2. Penni, I think the 80 year reference was specifically about the ACNM organization. It dates to 1929. Though I totally see how that sentence reads like it’s talking about all midwifery. I like that you made the comment because it prompted me to read a little history. I learned something new! In 1716 New York City required licensing of midwives. How interesting!

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