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
02.27.2017
VCU Health System's Obstetrics/ Gynecology is seeking a full time Nurse Midwife. Advanced practice registered nurses manifest a high level of expertise in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of the complex responses of individuals, families,...
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...
02.27.2017
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,...
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...
02.27.2017
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...
02.27.2017
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...
02.27.2017
Master's Degree Centra Medical Group is seeking a Certified Nurse-Midwife for its CNM run practice located in central Virginia. The CMG Women's Center is a highly successful hospital-owned full-scope midwifery practice. Midwives see the full...
01.19.2017
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...
02.09.2017
Certified Nurse Midwife- Baystate Midwifery Triage Baystate Health, a Truven Awardwinning healthcare system in Western Massachusetts and home of the University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate, is searching for a dynamic CNM to join...
01.25.2017
Responsibilities: QUALIFICATIONS Experience: -Minimum of 3 years experience as CNM, required -Prior supervisory or teaching experience, preferred Education: -Graduate (Masters) degree, required; Experience may substitute for...
12.02.2016
The team members number one job responsibility is to deliver the most remarkable patient experience, in every dimension, every time, and understand how he or she contributes to the health systems vision of achieving that commitment to patients...
02.09.2017
Functions independently in an inpatient care setting, clinic or office setting in collaboration with a supervising physician. Provides care for caring for laboring patients, and may include providing obstetrical and gynecological care in the...
02.27.2017
Principal Duties and Responsibilities C=Competent N=Needs Improvement* 1. Renders full-scope midwifery care to selected clients in accordance with agreed-upon protocols, and in accordance with the Standards of Practice of Nurse-Midwifery of the...
02.27.2017
Principal Duties and Responsibilities 1. Renders full-scope midwifery care to selected clients in accordance with agreed-upon protocols, and in accordance with the Standards of Practice of Nurse-Midwifery of the American College of Nurse-Midwives...
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...
  1. Nurse Midwife Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    VCU Health System's Obstetrics/ Gynecology is seeking a full time Nurse Midwife. Advanced practice registered nurses manifest a high level of expertise in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of the complex responses of individuals, families,...
  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 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 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...
  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: Cartified nurse...
  6. 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...
  7. NURSE MIDWIFE CERTIFIED Lynchburg, VA Centra Health
    Master's Degree Centra Medical Group is seeking a Certified Nurse-Midwife for its CNM run practice located in central Virginia. The CMG Women's Center is a highly successful hospital-owned full-scope midwifery practice. Midwives see the full...
  8. 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...
  9. Full Time Triage Nurse Midwife Springfield, MA Baystate Health
    Certified Nurse Midwife- Baystate Midwifery Triage Baystate Health, a Truven Awardwinning healthcare system in Western Massachusetts and home of the University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate, is searching for a dynamic CNM to join...
  10. Certified Nurse Midwife/OB Program Coordinator Murrells Inlet, SC Tidelands Health
    Responsibilities: QUALIFICATIONS Experience: -Minimum of 3 years experience as CNM, required -Prior supervisory or teaching experience, preferred Education: -Graduate (Masters) degree, required; Experience may substitute for...
  11. Nurse Midwife Winston-Salem, NC Novant Health
    The team members number one job responsibility is to deliver the most remarkable patient experience, in every dimension, every time, and understand how he or she contributes to the health systems vision of achieving that commitment to patients...
  12. Certified Nurse Midwife - Piedmont GYN/OB (Lower Steele Creek) - Charlotte, NC Charlotte, NC Carolinas HealthCare System
    Functions independently in an inpatient care setting, clinic or office setting in collaboration with a supervising physician. Provides care for caring for laboring patients, and may include providing obstetrical and gynecological care in the...
  13. Certified Nurse Midwife Cambridge, MA Mount Auburn Hospital
    Principal Duties and Responsibilities C=Competent N=Needs Improvement* 1. Renders full-scope midwifery care to selected clients in accordance with agreed-upon protocols, and in accordance with the Standards of Practice of Nurse-Midwifery of the...
  14. Certified Nurse Midwife Cambridge, MA Mount Auburn Hospital
    Principal Duties and Responsibilities 1. Renders full-scope midwifery care to selected clients in accordance with agreed-upon protocols, and in accordance with the Standards of Practice of Nurse-Midwifery of the American College of Nurse-Midwives...
  15. 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...