United States of America: commitment to high quality care.

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The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) issued an IDM press release confirming that midwifery care plays a vital role in improving maternal and infant health outcomes. On the day, ACNM honoured the accomplishments of midwives worldwide, and reminded policymakers about the challenges of delivering quality health care to women and their families.

'Rising cesarean delivery rates, issues with access and reimbursement, the continued medicalization of birth in this country--these are just a few of the reasons why the International Day of the Midwife is important in 2005' said Katherine Camacho Carr, CNM, PhD, president of the ACNM.

'The secret to success for midwives is their commitment to providing high quality care while continuously listening to women,' said Carr. 'In our high-tech, money-driven health care system, women are anxious to build a relationship with a...

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