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Nurse Midwife

Career Highlights

  • Ensure gynecological health
  • Help women and families
  • Promote health in pre-pregnancy

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Career Summary


A certified nurse-midwife (CNM) is a registered nurse who has specialized in the practice of obstetrics, gynecologics, prenatal and postnatal care, and the delivery of newborns. They oversee the care of healthy women who want to have a baby, and help them through the pregnancy process.

Nurse midwives work either with an obstetrician or independently to aid women through pregnancy, and to take care of both mother and infant following birth. They practice mostly in hospitals and clinics, though they may occasionally attend to patients at home.

A nurse-midwife's work

Part of a nurse midwife's job is to recommend pregnancy exams and discuss the safety of any medications being taken. They can prescribe medication in most states, in addition to helping determine if immunizations are needed before becoming pregnant.

Another part of the CNM's responsibility is to allow the mother to decide to what degree medical technology will be involved in her birth, and provide the desired level of medical intervention. Some mothers may prefer more modern technological aid than others.

The practice of nurse midwifing is becoming increasingly popular in the US, as more families turn to midwives as a pregnancy option. Nurse midwives help ensure the health of the mother and infant during and after pregnancy, lowering the instance of  maternal and infant mortality, premature birth and low birth weight.

The growing interest in nurse-midwifery is believed to be because it is increasingly common for women choose to pursue a more natural birthing process. In recent years, the medical industry has changed its view of how to manage low-risk pregnancies. They recognize that pregnant women and their partners want to play a more active role than in the past.

More information can be found via the Additional Information links below.

Salary

$84,900*

Education

Requires a bachelor degree in nursing, in addition to training in obstetrics and gynelology.

Career Skills

  • Good judgment
  • Ability to inspire confidence
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Ability to remain calm in tense situations
  • Open-mindedness and flexibility in standard procedure

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Comments

  1. Thank You =)

    Hi my name is Cloe Rae and throughtout my high school career I know that I wanted to major in nursing, but I was undecided on what type of nurse, until I read this. I'm in my freshman year in college and after I read this excerpt I'm for sure that I now want to be a Midwife Nurse, thanks again! =)

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    i am an 8th grader, and ever since i had a major surgery about a year ago ive wanted to be a nurse. Now when people ask me what kind of nurse i want to be i can tell i want to be a midwife. Beacause i would always say im not really shure. but now im shure i know what i want to be. thank you so much.

  3. I'm an upcoming senior in high school & am i glad i found this. I always knew i wanted to be in the medical business & work with pregnant women & this definitely made up my mind! This is the career I'm choosing. It's perfect for my likes.

  4. Yay!

    Im a high school student and im glad i found this site i love working with children and i love pregnant woman so i cant wait till im able to be a midwife!!

  5. I am a junior high student.This is what I wanted. I want to be a midwife. I have been studying it. And I'm going to take as much years in college to be a midwife and get as much money as I can. I feel like I can help women give birth and I just love children! I want to make the mother and family happy. Midwife has a great salary too :)

  6. I am glad that I found this information.

    I am a seventh grade student, and I was curious about the different types of nurses. I was searching the web, and I found this. I think that this would be the perfect job for me. I love babies and helping others.(in this case,helping women.)I have the grades and the talent to go to school for this career. I am going to Peabody to be in the nusing classes. I can not wait to become a successful midwife nurse! Thank you for making this page.

  7. Thank-You

    My name is Kaylen and I am a highschool student trying to make the decsion of what I want to do with my life. I know I wanted to be in the medical field, no doubt about it. I love and enjoy helping people, and being in the medical career you can. I have been on numerous websites searching the topic of being a midwife and they were no help. This information is the all time best I have ever received on the subject. I just wanted to thank you for helping with this tough decsion.

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