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American Nurse-Midwifery: A Hyphenated Profession With a Conflicted Identity

American Nurse-Midwifery: A Hyphenated Profession With a Conflicted Identity <p>I do not like the phrase nursing and midwifery.…To me it implies that midwifery is specialized nursing. It is nursing.</p><p>—Comment on Committee on Organization questionnaire, 1954</p><p>No other country except the United States is struggling with the mistaken concept that midwifery is nursing or that midwifery is an extension of nursing. We are midwives with a nursing background.</p><p>—Lucille Woodville, 1974</p><p>I totally agree that we [nurse-midwifery] must stay within nursing. A divided house will not be able to withstand strong opposition and change.</p><p>—Sharon Rising, 1973</p><p>We always knew we were two different professions.</p><p>—Ernestine Wiedenbach, CNM, 1979</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

American Nurse-Midwifery: A Hyphenated Profession With a Conflicted Identity

Nursing History Review , Volume 13 (1): 24 – Jan 1, 2005

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Springer Publishing
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1062-8061
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1938-1913
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10.1891/1062-8061.13.1.147
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<p>I do not like the phrase nursing and midwifery.…To me it implies that midwifery is specialized nursing. It is nursing.</p><p>—Comment on Committee on Organization questionnaire, 1954</p><p>No other country except the United States is struggling with the mistaken concept that midwifery is nursing or that midwifery is an extension of nursing. We are midwives with a nursing background.</p><p>—Lucille Woodville, 1974</p><p>I totally agree that we [nurse-midwifery] must stay within nursing. A divided house will not be able to withstand strong opposition and change.</p><p>—Sharon Rising, 1973</p><p>We always knew we were two different professions.</p><p>—Ernestine Wiedenbach, CNM, 1979</p>

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Nursing History ReviewSpringer Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 2005

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