Nurse-Midwives

What it Takes to Be a Nurse-Midwife

Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) are advanced practice nurses with specialized education and training in both nursing and midwifery. Nurse-midwives provide counseling and care during preconception, pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period–primarily for women whose pregnancy is not considered to be high risk. They are trained in the latest scientific procedures to assist in normal deliveries. Certified Nurse-Midwives may work closely with an OB/GYN, but they are also able to prescribe some medications, treatments, and therapeutic measures. Often, the Nurse-Midwife will also provide care for the newborn and sometimes even for the male partner. Many people mistakenly think that midwives do nothing but assist with births, but this is only a fraction of the overall job.

Preparation Path

  • GET YOUR BSN
  • PASS YOUR NCLEX AND BECOME AN RN
  • GET YOUR MSN OR POST-MASTER’S CERTIFICATE
  • COMPLETE A 2-YEAR MIDWIFERY PROGRAM
  • PASS THE AMERICAN MIDWIFERY CERTIFICATION EXAM
  • GET YOUR CNM

 

$65,000 - $110,000

Annual Salary Range

Typical Tasks

  • Caring for patients before, during, and after pregnancy and childbirth
  • Performing interventions if needed to ensure a successful birth
  • Providing routine gynecological services for primary and preventative care
  • Advising on reproductive health
  • Caring for newborns
  • Treating postpartum depression

Education Requirements

BSN, MSN or Post-Master's certificate

Employment Settings

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Private practices
  • Birthing centers
  • Patients’ homes

 

 

Certification

Certified Professional Midwife (CPN), Certified Midwife