History & Philosophy


The American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB), formerly known as ACNM Certification Council (ACC) was incorporated in 1990. The AMCB develops and administers the national certification examination for Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) and Certified Midwives (CMs). In 1996, the ACNM Certification Council (ACC) began issuing time-limited certificates and requiring recertification every 8 years in order to better ensure competency of certified midwives. In 2005 ACC changed its name to the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB). On January 1, 2011, AMCB changed the recertification period from every 8 years to every 5 years, and began requiring all certificants to recertify, regardless of their initial date of certification.


The AMCB believes that it is important to assure the public that an individual certified by the AMCB maintains safe, minimal competencies as described by the ACNM core competencies. It is the professional responsibility of every CNM/CM to maintain competence in accordance with the Standards for the Practice of Nurse-Midwifery as specified by the ACNM.

If you have any questions, please visit our FAQs or contact:

Emily Phillips
Certificate Maintenance Program Coordinator
Phone: 410-694-9424 ext. 7015