What is a Midwife?

What is a Certified Nurse-Midwife?

A certified nurse-midwife (CNM) is an individual educated in the two disciplines of nursing and midwifery. Typically, a CNM was previously a registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree and several years of obstetrical experience who then went on to obtain their advanced masters degree or PHD in midwifery and women’s health. After completing their education, CNMs takes a national examination. The process of certification and licensure ensure the consumer that the CNM has met national and state standards for safe practice. Nurse-midwives practice in hospitals, medical clinics and private offices and may deliver babies in hospitals, birth centers and at home. They are able to prescribe medications in all 50 states. Nurse-midwives provide care to women from puberty through menopause.