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 partnership 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.