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
08.08.2017
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 the...
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...
08.16.2017
Under the direction of the Vice President/CNO Nursing Services, functioning within the policies and procedures of WFH-Iowa. The Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) may provide direct care for the uncomplicated pregnant woman prenatally, during labor...
08.11.2017
Join three CNMs and five physicians in a very supportive and team-oriented practice in the lovely New River Valley of Southwest Virginia. We are looking for a third CNM to join our collaborative group, seeing women in our two New River Valley...
08.16.2017
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...
07.14.2017
Under the supervision and direction of the Medical Director of OB/GYN and other attendants, the Certified Nurse Midwife provides prenatal care in the L&D/Triage area for WakeMed Faculty Physicians. Functions as an educator and preceptor for...
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...
08.16.2017
Manages the antepartal, intrapartal, postpartal and interconceptual care of patients whose progress is essentially normal. Oversees the immediate care of these mothers and their newborns and may, as appropriate, provide direct nursing care....
08.03.2017
Position Summary: Provides full scope of maternity & gynecologic services for healthy women of all ages who meet criteria for acceptance to Nurse Midwifery care. Deliveries at North Shore Birth Center & Beverly Hospital. Participates...
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:...
07.28.2017
EDUCATION: Master's Degree in Nursing Major in Nurse Midwifery Certification by the American College of Nurse-Midwives Registered Nurse Current Ohio licensure and CNM licensure EXPERIENCE: 1-2 years full scope nurse-midwifery practice...
07.17.2017
Full / Part Time: Per Diem Location: Springfield, Massachusetts Regular/Temporary: Regular Baystate Health, an awardwinning healthcare system in beautiful western Massachusetts and home of the University of Massachusetts Medical...
07.06.2017
Full / Part Time: Full-Time Location: Springfield, Massachusetts Regular/Temporary: Regular Baystate Health, an Awardwinning healthcare system in western Massachusetts and home of the University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate, is...
07.17.2017
Full / Part Time: Full-Time Location: Springfield, Massachusetts Regular/Temporary: Regular Baystate Health, an awardwinning healthcare system in beautiful western Massachusetts and home of the University of Massachusetts Medical...
08.16.2017
This Nurse Practitioner position will be based on the Geriatric Medical Psychiatric Unit. The Nurse Practitioner assumes responsibility for providing comprehensive quality healthcare to patients under the direction of the supervising...
  1. 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 the...
  2. 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...
  3. Certified Nurse Midwife Waterloo, IA Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
    Under the direction of the Vice President/CNO Nursing Services, functioning within the policies and procedures of WFH-Iowa. The Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) may provide direct care for the uncomplicated pregnant woman prenatally, during labor...
  4. CERTIFIED NURSE MIDWIFE Roanoke, VA Carilion Clinic
    Join three CNMs and five physicians in a very supportive and team-oriented practice in the lovely New River Valley of Southwest Virginia. We are looking for a third CNM to join our collaborative group, seeing women in our two New River Valley...
  5. 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...
  6. Nurse Midwife - OB/GYN - FT Raleigh, NC WakeMed Health & Hospitals
    Under the supervision and direction of the Medical Director of OB/GYN and other attendants, the Certified Nurse Midwife provides prenatal care in the L&D/Triage area for WakeMed Faculty Physicians. Functions as an educator and preceptor for...
  7. 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...
  8. Certified Nurse Midwife (FT) Shenandoah, IA Shenandoah Medical Center
    Manages the antepartal, intrapartal, postpartal and interconceptual care of patients whose progress is essentially normal. Oversees the immediate care of these mothers and their newborns and may, as appropriate, provide direct nursing care....
  9. Nurse Midwife, Birth Center, per diem Beverly, MA Beverly Hospital
    Position Summary: Provides full scope of maternity & gynecologic services for healthy women of all ages who meet criteria for acceptance to Nurse Midwifery care. Deliveries at North Shore Birth Center & Beverly Hospital. Participates...
  10. 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:...
  11. NURSE MIDWIFE - DIVERSIFIED SERVICES Cincinnati, OH TriHealth
    EDUCATION: Master's Degree in Nursing Major in Nurse Midwifery Certification by the American College of Nurse-Midwives Registered Nurse Current Ohio licensure and CNM licensure EXPERIENCE: 1-2 years full scope nurse-midwifery practice...
  12. Per Diem Certified Nurse Midwife, Midwifery Triage Springfield, MA Baystate Health
    Full / Part Time: Per Diem Location: Springfield, Massachusetts Regular/Temporary: Regular Baystate Health, an awardwinning healthcare system in beautiful western Massachusetts and home of the University of Massachusetts Medical...
  13. Certified Nurse Midwife Women's Evaluation and Treatment Unit Springfield, MA Baystate Health
    Full / Part Time: Full-Time Location: Springfield, Massachusetts Regular/Temporary: Regular Baystate Health, an Awardwinning healthcare system in western Massachusetts and home of the University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate, is...
  14. Full scope Certified Nurse Midwife at Baystate Midwifery and Women's Health Springfield, MA Baystate Health
    Full / Part Time: Full-Time Location: Springfield, Massachusetts Regular/Temporary: Regular Baystate Health, an awardwinning healthcare system in beautiful western Massachusetts and home of the University of Massachusetts Medical...
  15. Nurse Practitioner Medford, MA Lawrence Memorial Hospital
    This Nurse Practitioner position will be based on the Geriatric Medical Psychiatric Unit. The Nurse Practitioner assumes responsibility for providing comprehensive quality healthcare to patients under the direction of the supervising...