Nurse midwives are advanced practice registered nurses who have received specialized
training to provide care for women and their babies during pregnancy, labor and delivery and postpartum period. Certified nurse midwives provide personal, family-centered
care for those with uncomplicated pregnancies and refer to affiliated physicians when
the need arises.
• educate women regarding contraception, conception, personal care, nutrition,
exercise, childbirth methods and other reproductive health issues.
• conduct pelvic and breast exams and Pap smears.
• monitor the patient and fetus during pregnancy.
• assist women with labor and childbirth.
• examine newborns and provide information on infant care and nutrition.
• consult and refer to physicians when pregnancy or labor is not normal.
Nurse midwives work in settings ranging from a patient’s home to a hospital birthing center. They work in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, public health
departments, clinics and private practices.
Average Salary Range
$50,000 – $70,000
Educational Requirements Students interested in becoming certified nurse midwives should begin by taking the most challenging high school courses available in science, math and English, including advanced placement courses. Certified nurse midwives must be registered nurses and complete accredited educational programs to earn a certificate or master’s degree. Finally, they must pass written examinations given by the American College of Nurse Midwives.
American College of Nurse Midwives
818 Connecticut Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20006
American Nurses Assoc