What Do Nurse Midwives do?

  • Provide care to women, including gynecological exams, family planning services, and prenatal care.
  • Deliver babies; manage emergency situations during labor (such as hemorrhaging), repair lacerations, and may provide surgical assistance to physicians during cesarean births.
  • Provide wellness care, educating their patients on how to lead healthy lives by discussing topics such as nutrition and disease prevention.
  • Provide care to their patients' partners for sexual or reproductive health issues.

Pre-Nursing Midwife Requirements

In order to become a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), students must first become Registered Nurses and then Advanced Practice Registered Nurses specializing as CNMs. The road to becoming a CNM follows that of an RN:

Prerequisites:  Requirements vary slightly between schools. It is important to check the requirements of each school you are considering to make sure you complete all requirements. In general, students must take:

General Chemistry, Biology, Microbiology, BioChem, Human Anatomy, Physiology, Nutrition, Stats, English, Social and Behavioral Science

Application: NursingCAS (Centralized Application Service) 

For more info check out: American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Applicant Information

Entrance Exam: Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Nurse Midwife Education

Certifications: Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) and/or Certified Midwives (CMs)

Years of Study: Depends on background

Most programs require a Bachelors Degree (BA/BS) for entry. Many will accept an individual who has a BA/BS but is not an RN, and will provide an accelerated nursing education prior to the midwifery portion of the program. This takes typically 1.5 to 3 years. See more information on the Nursing page

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