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Certified Nurse Midwife

A nurse or midwife is educated in the field of delivering babies and trained to provide a wide range of Healthcare Services for newborns and women. Midwife job description includes contacting a physical exam of mother and child, taking medical history, ordering laboratory tests and necessary procedures, managing services and therapy, and conducting activities to promote health during pregnancy. CNM’s are not allowed to write prescriptions but can work with physicians to do so when needed.

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How to become a Midwife

To become a certified nurse
midwife (CNM), you'll need some nursing credentials and education.  You’ll likely need a bachelors or masters degree just to get a start in the field. Many nursing masters degree programs offer concentrations in midwifery, labor, and delivery.  Undergraduate work should include studies in prenatal care, gynecological care, labor and birth care, and counseling. Most midwifery graduate programs require a bachelors degree but some will except RNs without a bachelors by offering a bridge program to complete their masters before entering their CNM program. 

Once you’ve finished your nursing program, you’ll need to take the NCLEX-RN exam.   This test basically proves that you’re ready to work in the field.  Students should plan to work 2 years in the field before qualifying for further certifications. 

Midwife Nursing Colleges

The American College of Nurse-Midwives is the association that represents CNMs in the United States.  Information regarding education, careers, and professional resources can be entertained through their website.

Some of the best nursing–midwifery schools are offered at Oregon Health and Science University, University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt University, University of California San Francisco, University of Illinois – Chicago, University of New Mexico, Yale University, University of Minnesota, University of Utah, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, Columbia University, University of Washington, Emory University, Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Midwife Salary

Salary for a certified nurse midwife is based on several key factors. Your education and experience are fundamental in this equation. But, your location will also make a difference in how much you make per year. On average, in the U.S., certified nurse midwife salaries range between $78,000 per year and can be upwards of $110,000 per year.