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MANA position statement on midwifery certification and other validation mechanisms: (Midwives' Alliance of North America)

The Midwives' Alliance of North America (MANA) acknowledges that formal validation processes which test midwifery knowledge and skills can be useful measures of one's accomplishments in educational endeavors. Whereas the North American Registry of Midwives, the American College of Nurse Midwifery Certification Corporation, and other midwifery credentialing bodies have been established to provide such validation, MANA supports their activities in developing examinations and ongoing certification processes relevant in midwifery practice.

MANA actively supports the practice of competent and responsible midwifery and acknowledges that formal credentials can be useful tools in working with government agencies as well as other health care providers. At the same time we recognize that credentials do not guarantee competency or quality of care. Formal certification is only one of many ways to evaluate a midwife's skills.

From experience, MANA has learned that quality care and a trusting relationship are best insured when an educated public makes informed decisions regarding the care received. Full disclosure of a midwife's training and experience combined with respect for the right of those served to make and take the responsibility for their choices fosters caregiver accountability and client responsibility. This affords optimal protection within the health care relationship for all concerned. Maximal satisfaction and minimal litigation within the communities served by midwives attest to these facts.

Historically midwives have been chosen and recognized by the women they served. We honor and acknowledge the role of all midwives who, with or without formal credentials, offer important options to childbearing women. The Midwives' Alliance of North America supports the right of all midwives to practice legally and the right of women to choose where and with whom they give birth.
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Date:Jun 22, 1993
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