Mother-Friendly Nurse Recognition (MFNR) Application Instructions


Thank you for your interest in achieving recognition by the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) as a Mother-Friendly Nurse, a personal and public recognition of individual nurses who provide exemplary care.

Step 1: Please first familiarize yourself with the application requirements by reviewing the checklist items described below.

Step #2: Choose the pathway that works best for you to achieve Mother-Friendly Nurse Recognition.

Pathway 1: This pathway is for the nurse that is already utilizing Mother-Friendly practices.  You feel confident in your skills supporting normal physiologic birth and regularly utilize non-pharmacologic comfort measures when caring for laboring women when it is appropriate to do so.  If you consider yourself a Pathway 1 candidate, please proceed to Step #3.

 Pathway 2 is for nurses who want to learn more about Mother-  Friendly nursing and how to apply its principles.  Nurses selecting this  pathway must attend a CIMS- approved Mother-Friendly workshop.    Once the workshop is completed and the content applied to your nursing  practice, the Pathway 2 candidate can continue on to Step #3.

Step #3: Complete the online application for CIMS' Mother-Friendly Nurse Recognition. The application involves answering ten short essay questions.

Step #4: Once CIMS has received your application,  letters of recommendation and payment, you will be assigned a Mother-Friendly Mentor to review your essays and other application information. Your Mentor will work with you throughout the application process to ensure you meet the criteria for Mother-Friendly Nurse Recognition.  Your Mentor may make suggestions, ask questions, or recommend a workshop in your vicinity.  Your Mentor will follow up with a final interview call.  CIMS will notify you of your approval status within 2-4 weeks following your final phone interview.


Checklist for the Completion of the Mother-Friendly Nurse 
Recognition (MFNR) Application Process:

I have completed the online self-assessment, "Is Your Perinatal Nursing Practice Mother-Friendly?"

I have requested two letters of recommendation, which are forthcoming, from colleagues and/or clients who will attest to the quality and level of the care that I provide.

For those that are on Pathway 2: I have attended a CIMS-approved Mother-Friendly Nursing Workshop and applied what I learned to my nursing practice. 

I have completed the online Mother-Friendly Nurse Recognition (MFNR) Application

I have submitted my $150 MFNR Application Fee.

 I have endorsed the Principles and Ten Steps of the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative (MFCI).

Questions? Please review the MFNR Application FAQs.



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