The Foundation’s mission is accomplished in many ways, including grants and projects that advance midwifery, but none is more important than that which we provide to individual midwives and student midwives.
Our support to individuals has grown steadily since 2018, amounting to as much as $150,000 annually, with more than half supporting diversity in our workforce and our profession.
Honors exceptional CNMs/CMs with twenty or more years' experience who have exhibited vision, leadership, and innovation.
Therese Dondero Memorial Lecture
Annual lecture by a renowned speaker with deep commitment to excellence in clinical care and midwifery education, and advocacy for the rights of all childbearing women.
Awarded to student midwives enrolled in ACME accredited programs for the purpose of increasing the number, quality, and diversity of certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives. Criteria include academic performance, professional excellence, plans to promote health equity, leadership potential, and financial need. Several basic scholarships are given annually from restricted and endowed funds, including:
Awarded to student midwives enrolled in ACME accredited programs for the purpose of increasing the number of practicing certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) in Texas in honor of an individual or group who has contributed to midwifery through clinical practice, education, or advocacy.
Awarded to student midwives enrolled in ACME accredited programs for the purpose of developing appreciation of organizational leadership through participation in a mentored experience at a national midwifery conference.
Awarded to CNM/CM midwives of color enrolled in practice- or research-oriented doctoral or post-doctoral education to prepare them for leadership roles in midwifery, clinical administration, and public health while also pursuing evidence-based scholarly work focused on innovative approaches to improve maternal and child health, reduce health disparities, and promote health equity.
Awarded to CNMs/CMs enrolled in practice-oriented doctoral or post-doctoral education (i.e., DM, DNP, DrPH, etc.) to prepare them for leadership roles in clinical/practice administration, education, diversity/equity, research, or policy/advocacy and plans to improve quality of care, reduce health disparities, and promote health equity.
Awarded to CNMs/CMs enrolled in research-oriented doctoral or post-doctoral education (i.e., PhD, ScD, DNSc, etc.) to prepare them for leadership roles in midwifery and public health and the pursuit of evidence-based research focused on innovative and unconventional approaches to improve maternal and child health, reduce health disparities, and promote health equity.
Awarded to CNMs/CMs enrolled in a scientifically oriented doctoral or post-doctoral education program (i.e., PhD., ScD, DNSc, DrPH, etc.) to prepare them for future faculty and academic leadership roles in schools of nursing, midwifery, or public health and to advance their career goals for academic equity and diversification of the midwifery and nursing academic workforce.
Awarded to CNMs/CMs for the purpose of funding professional development activities that contribute to the advancement of midwifery. Examples include activities in enhancing clinical midwifery skills, research and research dissemination, establishing new practices or services, or studying domestic or global midwifery practice.
Awarded to CNMs/CMs for the purpose of building leadership skills in business management and marketing midwifery practices. The award supports attendance at the Midwifery Works Conference and engagement with mentors from the Midwifery Business Network caucus and other midwifery business leaders.
Supports projects and initiatives that advance public policy and advocacy to improve health outcomes for all people and communities through the support of midwifery.
Awarded to CNMs/CMs for the purpose of supporting involvement in global midwifery. The award supports participation in a new or existing project that promotes women’s health globally while expanding their international professional network and developing Global Health Competencies and Skills as defined by ACNM Division of Global Engagement, November 2018.
Awarded bi-annually to an international midwife who has been recognized for outstanding work in their home country to make birth safe for mothers and babies. The purpose of this award is to recognize significant contributions to the profession of midwifery and reproductive health globally. Recipients receive a scholarship to attend the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) Annual Meeting & Exhibition
Awarded to people from diverse backgrounds including midwives, students, retirees, community groups, advocates, and other health professionals who work with under-resourced communities. The grants support small yet high impact community-based projects that address community needs focusing on racial inequity and/or health disparities; care for people with physical or mental illness and disability; and/or care of populations in low-resource settings.
Awarded to midwives of color and student midwives of color, as well as organizations or groups led by Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) for projects designed to: