Nurse Midwife

Nurse-midwives deliver care to women from adolescence through to middle age. They assist with most aspects of a woman's reproductive and gynecologic welfare, including labor and delivery. Keep reading for more information about this profession.

Inside Nurse-Midwifery

A nurse-midwife can be a woman's primary care provider, particularly from puberty through middle age. In their practices, nurse-midwives focus on reproductive and gynecologic health, pregnancy and childbirth. They provide services like gynecological exams, prenatal care, family planning guidance, delivery support and neonatal care. Effective nurse-midwives are compassionate, responsible and capable of managing stress.

Nurse-midwives work in hospitals, private practices, birthing centers and home birth services. They must maintain their state-level RN licensure, and, in some cases, they must hold additional certification or licensure to work as an advanced practice nurse. Nurse-midwives can pursue the Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) credential through the American Midwifery Certification Board.

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