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Learn How to Become a Midwife Nurse

Nurse-midwives are trained in the latest scientific procedures of nursing to assist in normal deliveries. They can work in hospitals, birthing centers, and private practices, and provide care to mothers through the pregnancy and after the baby is born. Certified nurse-midwives may work closely with an OB/GYN, but they are also able to prescribe some medications, treatments, and therapeutic measures.

Preparation Path

Get your BSN

Pass the NCLEX and become an RN

Complete an MSN program

Pass the national midwifery certification exam

Apply for advanced practice state licensure as a certified midwife

Maintain certification and licensing through continuing education

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

Employment Settings

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Private practices
  • Birthing centers
  • Patients’ homes
  • Primarily non-hospital settings

Annual Salary Range

$105,781 – $130,408


Certified Professional Midwife (CPN), Certified Midwife

Education Requirements

MSN or post-master's certificate

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Interested in taking the next step toward becoming a nurse-midwife?