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. Unfortunately that just isn't true. Nurse Midwifery responsibilities require a whole lot of responsibility, and the education to become a Nurse Midwife can be extensive, due to their core responsibilities. 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
08.19.2019
This is an exciting opportunity to join AtlantiCare's premier OBGYN group consisting of 8 providers and 20 midwives. The Midwife will manage prenatal patient care two 8 hour days per week, provide one 24 hour shift per week in labor and...
08.19.2019
Mid-Coast Maine Certified Nurse Midwife Located on the shore of Penobscot Bay, Waldo County General Hospital is seeking a Certified Nurse Midwife to work in a per diem capacity. The CNM is responsible for the assessment, plan, implementation...
08.19.2019
The Cambridge Midwifery Practice at Cambridge Health Alliance is seeking an experience midwife. Our practice serves a diverse, multicultural client population. In addition to hospital birth, we offer birth at The Cambridge Birth Center. The Birth...
08.07.2019
Attention current TriHealth employees: Please apply for this position by submitting an online internal application via SuccessFactors. Please be certain to update your SuccessFactors Employee Profile prior to applying to this position. Named...
08.05.2019
The Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) will work under the supervision of the Medical Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine and other physicians within the group to provide up to date competent medical care to diabetic OB patients. This patient group...
08.07.2019
Attention current TriHealth employees: Please apply for this position by submitting an online internal application via SuccessFactors. Please be certain to update your SuccessFactors Employee Profile prior to applying to this position....
05.24.2019
About Us:   St. Vincent Healthcare is part of SCL Health, a faith-based, nonprofit health care organization.   Interested in making a difference? Then check us out. Our rich heritage and mission, and our focus on health care...
08.19.2019
Job Number: 00158976 Location: Boise, ID Organization Name: Saint Alphonsus Health System Facility: SAHS 1055 N Curtis Road Employment Type: Full time Hours: 40 Location: Clinic based practice on Hospital (SARMC) campus; Boise, ID...
03.08.2019
Responsible for patient care to include prenatal, antepartum and postpartum care. CNM licensure required as well as CPR and NRP. Previous related experience is strongly preferred.
08.19.2019
Responsible for the assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating midwifery care delivered to assigned group of patients and functions within the expectations of the service. Education and Credentials: Graduate of accredited School of...
08.19.2019
Join one other CNM and four full-time OB/ GYNs, including a urogynecologist, providing full-scope midwifery services in our brand new clinic in Myrtle Beach. The Myrtle Beach clinic has 10 exam rooms and one procedure room. This is also the...
08.07.2019
ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSE II-DIVERSIFIED SERVICES: The APRN II is a nurse prepared with graduate level nursing education and authorized to practice and prescribe as a Clinical Nurse Specialist or Certified Nurse Practitioner in collaboration with...
08.07.2019
ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSE II-DIVERSIFIED SERVICES: The APRN II is a nurse prepared with graduate level nursing education and authorized to practice and prescribe as a Clinical Nurse Specialist or Certified Nurse Practitioner in collaboration with...
08.08.2019
ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSE II-DIVERSIFIED SERVICES: The APRN II is a nurse prepared with graduate level nursing education and authorized to practice and prescribe as a Clinical Nurse Specialist or Certified Nurse Practitioner in collaboration with...
08.08.2019
ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSE II-DIVERSIFIED SERVICES: The APRN II is a nurse prepared with graduate level nursing education and authorized to practice and prescribe as a Clinical Nurse Specialist or Certified Nurse Practitioner in collaboration with...
  1. Nurse Midwife Pomona, NJ Atlanticare
    This is an exciting opportunity to join AtlantiCare's premier OBGYN group consisting of 8 providers and 20 midwives. The Midwife will manage prenatal patient care two 8 hour days per week, provide one 24 hour shift per week in labor and...
  2. Certified Nurse Midwife Portland, ME MaineHealth
    Mid-Coast Maine Certified Nurse Midwife Located on the shore of Penobscot Bay, Waldo County General Hospital is seeking a Certified Nurse Midwife to work in a per diem capacity. The CNM is responsible for the assessment, plan, implementation...
  3. Certified Nurse Midwife Cambridge, MA Cambridge Health Alliance
    The Cambridge Midwifery Practice at Cambridge Health Alliance is seeking an experience midwife. Our practice serves a diverse, multicultural client population. In addition to hospital birth, we offer birth at The Cambridge Birth Center. The Birth...
  4. NURSE MIDWIFE - DIVERSIFIED SERVICES Cincinnati, OH TriHealth
    Attention current TriHealth employees: Please apply for this position by submitting an online internal application via SuccessFactors. Please be certain to update your SuccessFactors Employee Profile prior to applying to this position. Named...
  5. Nurse Midwife - Maternal Fetal Medicine Raleigh, NC WakeMed Health & Hospitals
    The Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) will work under the supervision of the Medical Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine and other physicians within the group to provide up to date competent medical care to diabetic OB patients. This patient group...
  6. NURSE MIDWIFE - DIVERSIFIED SERVICES Cincinnati, OH TriHealth
    Attention current TriHealth employees: Please apply for this position by submitting an online internal application via SuccessFactors. Please be certain to update your SuccessFactors Employee Profile prior to applying to this position....
  7. Certified Nurse Midwife - CNM Billings, MT St Vincent - SCL Health
    About Us:   St. Vincent Healthcare is part of SCL Health, a faith-based, nonprofit health care organization.   Interested in making a difference? Then check us out. Our rich heritage and mission, and our focus on health care...
  8. Certified Nurse Midwife - Boise, ID - Full Time Boise, ID Saint Alphonsus Health System
    Job Number: 00158976 Location: Boise, ID Organization Name: Saint Alphonsus Health System Facility: SAHS 1055 N Curtis Road Employment Type: Full time Hours: 40 Location: Clinic based practice on Hospital (SARMC) campus; Boise, ID...
  9. Certified Nurse Midwife Newburyport, MA Anna Jaques Hospital
    Responsible for patient care to include prenatal, antepartum and postpartum care. CNM licensure required as well as CPR and NRP. Previous related experience is strongly preferred.
  10. Midwife - Part-time Hickory, NC Catawba Valley Medical Center
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  11. Certified Nurse Midwife (Georgetown/Murrells Inlet) Myrtle Beach, SC Tidelands Health
    Join one other CNM and four full-time OB/ GYNs, including a urogynecologist, providing full-scope midwifery services in our brand new clinic in Myrtle Beach. The Myrtle Beach clinic has 10 exam rooms and one procedure room. This is also the...
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    ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSE II-DIVERSIFIED SERVICES: The APRN II is a nurse prepared with graduate level nursing education and authorized to practice and prescribe as a Clinical Nurse Specialist or Certified Nurse Practitioner in collaboration with...
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    ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSE II-DIVERSIFIED SERVICES: The APRN II is a nurse prepared with graduate level nursing education and authorized to practice and prescribe as a Clinical Nurse Specialist or Certified Nurse Practitioner in collaboration with...