Certified Nurse Midwife Career Facts
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