Certified Nurse Midwife Career Facts

Certified Nurse Midwife Career Information

More women are turning to Certified Nurse Midwives to provide high-quality prenatal and maternal care from conception through delivery of a baby. A Certified Nurse Midwife is an advanced practice nurse that has achieved a Master of Science in Nursing degree, as well as credentials as a Registered Nurse and certification by the American Midwifery Certification Board. With a high level of education and unsurpassed nursing care, a CNM is a trusted partner in the journey of motherhood.

7.6% of all US births were attended by CNMs and CMs in 2009.

Women cared for by CNMs compared to women cared for by physicians had:

  • Lower rates of cesarean birth
  • Lower rates of labor induction
  • Reduced perineal tearing
  • Lower use of anesthesia
  • Higher rates of breastfeeding

CNM Education & Training Requirements:

  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN Desgination
  • Certification by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB)

by Linda Bright

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