Nurse Midwife - Job Description, Duties, Education, Skills, Salary, & Growth

Nurse Midwife

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Job Description

 

Advanced practice registered nurses who provide counseling and care before, during and after pregnancy and childbirth are Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs).

They provide counseling services and care from pre-conception, through pregnancy and childbirth and into the postpartum period.

CNMs and their colleagues, including certified midwives (CMs) also provide primary health care that is family-oriented throughout the reproductive lives of their women clients.

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Responsibilities

 

The need for high-tech interventions for women during labor can be reduced by the services of a skilled midwife.

Midwives are also trained to assist in normal deliveries by utilizing the latest scientific procedures. CNMs attend approximately 10 percent of all non-induced vaginal births in the United States.

At all births in general, you will find a Certified Nurse-Midwife in attendance at 7 percent of them. A full 97 percent of these deliveries occur in hospitals, 1.8 percent happen in freestanding birth centers and 1 percent occur at home.

A common misconception is that midwives do nothing but assist with births. Being in attendance at the birth is an integral and rewarding part of the job but it is only a fraction of what midwives actually do. CNMs/CMs spend about 10 percent of their time giving direct care to women who give birth and their newborns afterward.

CNMs/CMs also provide routine care to women, in addition to the services they provide before, during and after pregnancy and childbirth. Approximately 90 percent of all the patient visits to a CNMs/CMs are for primary and/or preventive care. Routine gynecological services that may be provided by CNMs/CMs include:

  • Reproductive health visits and screenings

  • Annual exams and other regular gynecologic care

  • Peri-/post-menopausal management care

CNMs/CMs are highly trained, skilled health professionals who provide services in a variety of clinical settings. They diagnose and treat patients as well as providing referrals to a specialist when needed.

The CNM/CM is a vital member of the health care team. They collaborate closely with physicians to provide women with an optimal combination of primary and preventative care, which includes specialized serviced as needed.

Midwives come from all backgrounds and walks of life. Some earn their midwifery degree immediately after they graduate from college.

Others are former professionals in other areas, such as teaching, writing, missionary work, or general practice nursing who begin their midwife careers later.

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Skills

 

Physical Endurance

Must be able to stand for long hours and move around constantly, as they are on their feet all the time and need to be able to respond quickly to situations as they arise.

Stress Management

They must manage the stress and pressure that comes with their job.

Empathy

Being able to relate to patients on an emotional level and understand what they go through is super important for CNM/CMs because interact with women in vulnerable and painful situations.

Organization

Must be able to situate tasks and documents so as not to mix up records or medications.

Communication

They must communicate between patients and their families so they have to communicate clearly and relay information at a high level.

Patience

Becoming a nurse midwife and advancing in the field takes time, so it's important to take it slow and easy and save yourself a ton of anxiety.

Detail-Oriented

Must pay close attention to handling drugs to avoid a mix up that may seriously harm a patient.

Critical Thinking

Must constantly be devising new ways of interacting with people, adapt to changes, and learn about the things a medical professional needs to know.

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Working Conditions

 

CNMs and CMs may work in any of the following settings:

  • Private practice

  • Hospitals

  • Birthing centers

  • General health care clinics

  • Home birthing services

The opportunities for employment as a CNM or CM can be found in many different locales and environments, but there is an especially acute need for CNMs/CMs in areas that are underserved by all health professions in general.

Some of the different career opportunity options for CNMs/CMs include the following:

  • Clinical practice

  • Education

  • Administration

  • Research

  • Domestic and global health policy, including legislative affairs

  • Public hospitals

  • Private practices, including in-home birthing services

  • University settings, including teaching hospitals

  • Military hospitals and clinics

  • Public health clinics

  • International health programs and charities

The hours that a CNM/CM may work during a typical week will vary, depending on the type of care provided and the location. 

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
03.10.2016
Responsible for patient care to include prenatal, antepartum and postpartum care including delivery; 1st surgical assist for c-sections, annual and gyn care for midwife pts. Req licensed MA Nurse Midwife, Certified by ACNM; 3-5 yrs exp in OB/GYN...
05.18.2017
Masters Degree Must be a graduate of an accredited school of professional nursing. Licensed to practice as a Registered Nurse. Must be eligible for certification to practice as a Nurse Midwife; and must become certified as a Nurse Midwife by...
06.21.2017
In collaboration with one or more physicians, the Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) provides for the management of preventive services and those primary care services necessary to provide health care to women antepartally, intrapartally,...
06.21.2017
Certified Nurse Midwife Apply Refer a Friend Back Category: Nurse Practitioner Location: Cambridge, MA Department: Ob/Gyn Employment Type: Per Diem Union Name: TCH MNA-TCH Mass Nurses Assoc Work Days: Cartified nurse...
06.21.2017
Certified Nurse Midwife Apply Refer a Friend Back Category: Nurse Practitioner Location: Cambridge, MA Department: Ob/Gyn Employment Type: Per Diem Union Name: TCH MNA-TCH Mass Nurses Assoc Work Days: Varied Hours/Week:...
12.09.2016
Position Summary: The certified nurse midwife (CNM) is an advanced practice nurse who is responsible for the assessment, plan, implementation and evaluation of nurse midwifery care delivered to antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, and newborn...
06.21.2017
Cape Cod Healthcare is the leading provider of healthcare services for residents and visitors of Cape Cod. With more than 450 physicians, 4,700 employees, and 1,100 volunteers, Cape Cod Healthcare operates two-acute care hospitals, the Cape's...
06.21.2017
Practice Summary SAMG OB/GYN - Certified Nurse Midwife Specialty: Certified Nurse Midwife Practice Scope: Midwifery also including full-spectrum OB-GYN within a vibrant and growing multispecialty group...
12.01.2016
Provide nurse-midwifery care to a caseload of clients within TriHealth. Maintain competence in providing healthcare services to clients of all ages and/or developmental levels. Comply with a Standard Care Agreement with a physician for practice...
04.22.2017
Provide nurse-midwifery care to a caseload of clients within TriHealth. Maintain competence in providing healthcare services to clients of all ages and/or developmental levels. Comply with a Standard Care Agreement with a physician for practice...
04.22.2017
Provide nurse-midwifery care to a caseload of clients within TriHealth. Maintain competence in providing healthcare services to clients of all ages and/or developmental levels. Comply with a Standard Care Agreement with a physician for practice...
06.12.2017
Baystate Health, an awardwinning healthcare system and home of the University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate, is searching for full time full scope Certified Nurse Midwife to join our Baystate Health team in Greenfield, Massachusetts....
02.09.2017
Job Req ID: 125125 Position Number: 00146304 Employment Type: Full Time Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : Day Shift; 1:8 On-Site Call (Post-Call Day Off) Standard Hours:  40.00 Department Name:...
05.19.2017
Master's Degree in Nursing Graduate from NP, CNS or midwife program Board certified APN Certificate of Authority as NP, CNS or Midwife from OBN. Holds Certificate to Prescribe (or CTP-E) or obtained within 1 year of hire. Specialty certification...
06.02.2017
The APRN I is a nurse prepared with graduate level nursing education and authorized to practice as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, Certified Nurse Practitioner or Midwife in collaboration with one or more physicians or podiatrists. Advanced clinical...
  1. Certified Nurse Midwife Newburyport, MA Anna Jaques Hospital
    Responsible for patient care to include prenatal, antepartum and postpartum care including delivery; 1st surgical assist for c-sections, annual and gyn care for midwife pts. Req licensed MA Nurse Midwife, Certified by ACNM; 3-5 yrs exp in OB/GYN...
  2. PPG Nurse Midwife Fort Wayne, IN Parkview Health
    Masters Degree Must be a graduate of an accredited school of professional nursing. Licensed to practice as a Registered Nurse. Must be eligible for certification to practice as a Nurse Midwife; and must become certified as a Nurse Midwife by...
  3. Certified Nurse Midwife Newark, OH Licking Memorial Health Systems
    In collaboration with one or more physicians, the Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) provides for the management of preventive services and those primary care services necessary to provide health care to women antepartally, intrapartally,...
  4. Certified Nurse Midwife Cambridge, MA Cambridge Health Alliance
    Certified Nurse Midwife Apply Refer a Friend Back Category: Nurse Practitioner Location: Cambridge, MA Department: Ob/Gyn Employment Type: Per Diem Union Name: TCH MNA-TCH Mass Nurses Assoc Work Days: Cartified nurse...
  5. Certified Nurse Midwife Cambridge, MA Cambridge Health Alliance
    Certified Nurse Midwife Apply Refer a Friend Back Category: Nurse Practitioner Location: Cambridge, MA Department: Ob/Gyn Employment Type: Per Diem Union Name: TCH MNA-TCH Mass Nurses Assoc Work Days: Varied Hours/Week:...
  6. Certified Nurse Midwife Wadena, MN Tri-County Health Care
    Position Summary: The certified nurse midwife (CNM) is an advanced practice nurse who is responsible for the assessment, plan, implementation and evaluation of nurse midwifery care delivered to antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, and newborn...
  7. Certified Nurse Midwife Hyannis, MA Cape Cod Healthcare
    Cape Cod Healthcare is the leading provider of healthcare services for residents and visitors of Cape Cod. With more than 450 physicians, 4,700 employees, and 1,100 volunteers, Cape Cod Healthcare operates two-acute care hospitals, the Cape's...
  8. Certified Nurse Midwife - Full Time Boise, ID Saint Alphonsus Health System
    Practice Summary SAMG OB/GYN - Certified Nurse Midwife Specialty: Certified Nurse Midwife Practice Scope: Midwifery also including full-spectrum OB-GYN within a vibrant and growing multispecialty group...
  9. NURSE MIDWIFE - DIVERSIFIED SERVICES Cincinnati, OH TriHealth
    Provide nurse-midwifery care to a caseload of clients within TriHealth. Maintain competence in providing healthcare services to clients of all ages and/or developmental levels. Comply with a Standard Care Agreement with a physician for practice...
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    Provide nurse-midwifery care to a caseload of clients within TriHealth. Maintain competence in providing healthcare services to clients of all ages and/or developmental levels. Comply with a Standard Care Agreement with a physician for practice...
  11. NURSE MIDWIFE - DIVERSIFIED SERVICES Cincinnati, OH TriHealth
    Provide nurse-midwifery care to a caseload of clients within TriHealth. Maintain competence in providing healthcare services to clients of all ages and/or developmental levels. Comply with a Standard Care Agreement with a physician for practice...
  12. Pioneer Women's Health Certified Nurse Midwife in Greenfield, MA Springfield, MA Baystate Health
    Baystate Health, an awardwinning healthcare system and home of the University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate, is searching for full time full scope Certified Nurse Midwife to join our Baystate Health team in Greenfield, Massachusetts....
  13. Certified Nurse Midwife - Piedmont GYN/OB (Lower Steele Creek) - Charlotte, NC Charlotte, NC Carolinas HealthCare System
    Job Req ID: 125125 Position Number: 00146304 Employment Type: Full Time Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : Day Shift; 1:8 On-Site Call (Post-Call Day Off) Standard Hours:  40.00 Department Name:...
  14. ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSE II-DIVERSIFIED SERVICES Cincinnati, OH TriHealth
    Master's Degree in Nursing Graduate from NP, CNS or midwife program Board certified APN Certificate of Authority as NP, CNS or Midwife from OBN. Holds Certificate to Prescribe (or CTP-E) or obtained within 1 year of hire. Specialty certification...
  15. AP Nurse I Cincinnati, OH TriHealth
    The APRN I is a nurse prepared with graduate level nursing education and authorized to practice as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, Certified Nurse Practitioner or Midwife in collaboration with one or more physicians or podiatrists. Advanced clinical...