About Our Logo and Theme

Onnie Lee Logan

“Giving Voice to the Soul of Midwifery” Inspires Our Stay in Savannah

Each year, ACNM solicits ideas for the theme of the year’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition. This year an inspiring, memorable, and timely theme became the clear front-runner:  Giving Voice to the Soul of Midwifery.

Giving Voice to the Soul of Midwifery celebrates the grand midwives of the South, women who were healers trained in their communities and who provided care to legions of pregnant black and white women.

Margaret Charles Smith
Mary Coley

Grand midwives were central, honored figures in their localities who rose from a legacy of slavery and who were critical to women’s health care during segregation. They passed down not only their knowledge, but also important cultural traditions and values. Their contributions as pioneers in the care of women cement the legacy of our profession of midwifery.

The logo design—in Georgia peach hues–pay tribute to three of these women, the grand midwives (clockwise from left in the logo design above) Onnie Lee Logan of southern Alabama, Margaret Charles Smith of Green County, Alabama, and Mary Coley of Baker County, Georgia. These historic individuals became renowned through their words, deeds, dedication, and values.

We hope this year’s logo inspires you as much it does us!

–Maura Christopher
ACNM Senior Editor

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