American College of Nurse-Midwives

Statement Date
2012
Statement Summary

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. It is the position of ACNM that midwives

  • Exhibit respect for patients with nonconforming gender identities and do not pathologize differences in gender identity or expression;
  • Provide care in a manner that affirms patients’ gender identities and reduces the distress of gender dysphoria or refer to knowledgeable colleagues;
  • Become knowledgeable about the health care needs of transsexual, transgender, and gender nonconforming people, including the benefits and risks of gender affirming treatment options;
  • Match treatment approaches to the specific needs of patients, particularly their goals for gender expression and need for relief from gender dysphoria;
  • Have resources available to support and advocate for patients within their families and communities (schools, workplaces, and other settings).

To facilitate these goals, ACNM is committed to

  • Work toward the incorporation of information about gender identity, expression, and development in all midwifery educational programs;
  • Make available educational materials that address the identities and health care needs of gender variant individuals in order to improve midwives’ cultural competence in providing care to this population;
  • Support legislation and policies that prohibit discrimination based on gender expression or identity;
  • Support measures to ensure full, equal, and unrestricted access to health insurance coverage for all care needed by gender variant individuals.
Full Citation

American College of Nurse-Midwives, Position Statement on Transgender/Transsexual/Gender Variant Health Care (2012), http://www.midwife.org/ACNM/files/ACNMLibraryData/UPLOADFILENAME/000000….