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Our Mission

The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit membership organization that promotes the health of women and newborns.


Our mission is to empower and support nurses caring for women, newborns, and their families through research, education, and advocacy.


AWHONN’s Strategic Priorities 2017 - 2019 

Goal I: Increase diversity across all aspects of the organization in order to represent the populations we serve.


Goal II: Elevate AWHONN’s visibility within/among healthcare systems, professionals, academic organizations, legislative and regulatory bodies, media and consumers


Goal III: Increase Membership


Goal IV: Utilize technology to support change, innovation and relevance.


Goal V: Become the leading nursing authority in women’s health, obstetric and neonatal nursing.


Goal VI: Diversify AWHONN’s revenue portfolio.


AWHONN’s Vision & Values


  • Core Ideology Core Purpose: AWHONN is an organization of nurses committed to the health of women and newborns.
  • Core Values: (as expressed in the acronym "CARING")

Commitment to professional and social responsibility

Accountability for personal and professional contributions

Respect for diversity of and among colleagues and clients

Integrity in exemplifying the highest standards in personal and professional behavior

Nursing Excellence for quality outcomes in practice, education, research, advocacy and management

Generation of Knowledge to enhance the science and practice of nursing to improve the health of women and newborns


Vision-Level Goal

AWHONN will be essential to the health of women and newborns. AWHONN will be recognized for its commitment to promoting the health of women and newborns. AWHONN will be a culturally and ethnically diverse nursing association that is an integral part of an international network delivering innovative, evidence-based, and affordable quality programs, products and services with interested world partners.


Professionals and consumers will consider AWHONN the leading nursing authority, advocate and source for the latest in nursing research trends and nursing care related to the health of women and newborns. AWHONN will be one of the most influential health care organizations in the public policy arena.

AWHONN's Diversity Statement

AWHONN is committed to promoting diversity throughout the organization by recruiting, retaining and mentoring a diverse workforce of women’s health and maternal child nurses.  We are dedicated to integrate cultural competence and diversity into all aspects of our work and the communities we serve.


Guiding Principles

  • AWHONN strives to shape a diverse work environment that promotes opportunity for personal and professional growth.
  • AWHONN has a responsibility to incorporate evidence based practice in all educational materials for the diverse populations we serve.
  • AWHONN encourages a diverse workforce that complements that of women, newborns
    and their families.

Current Bylaws

View 2016 Audited Financials

View 2016 Form 990

View 2017 Audited Financials


Executive Staff

2018 Board of Directors

AWHONN Committees

AWHONN Coalitions

Advisory and Expert Panels

Careers at AWHONN


Find Your Section view the AWHONN Interactive Member Map

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Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

AWHONN is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP580. Accredited status does not imply endorsement by AWHONN or the American Nurses Credentialing Center of any commercial products displayed or discussed in conjunction with educational activities.

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