What is a Certified Nurse Midwife?

  • Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) are educated in midwifery and nursing. CNMs obtain a graduate-level degree, complete a midwifery education program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), and pass a national certification examination administered by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB).

  • Certified Nurse Midwives provide women’s health care, attend births, diagnose medical problems, manage complications in pregnancy and birth, care for healthy newborns, prescribe medications, and more.

  • Certified Nurse Midwives work in a variety of settings including birth centers, clinics, homes, hospitals, universities, and more.
  • Certified Nurse Midwives consult with, collaborate with, and transfer care to other health care providers as needed to provide the best care possible for each client.

Certified Nurse Midwives…

  • Believe in equitable and accessible health care that respects human individuality.

  • Provide comprehensive information to enable clients to actively participate in their care and make informed health care decisions.

  • Provide compassionate and personalized care for each client.

  • Practice watchful waiting and non-intervention in normal processes.

  • Utilize interventions and technology for health problems as needed.

  • Consult and collaborate with and refer to other health care providers as needed to provide optimal health care.

  • Value lifelong learning and application of research to guide practice.

For more information about Certified Nurse Midwives in the United States visit: https://www.midwife.org/About-Midwives