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
11.01.2017
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...
02.23.2018
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...
02.23.2018
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...
02.23.2018
Certified Nurse Midwife Schedule-Full-time Job-Physician Daily Schedule-8-5 Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period-80 Weekends Required-Occasional Primary Location-IOWA-DES MOINES-MERCY MEDICAL CENTER Mercy Clinics Midwifery is...
02.23.2018
Graduate from an accredited program. BLS certification required MN licensure required prior to start Relevant experience is required JOB SUMMARY The St. Lukes Obstetrics and Gynecology Midwife practices medicine under the direction and...
02.23.2018
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...
10.10.2017
The Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) at Mayo Clinic may deliver a full range of health care services for women, including primary care, gynecologic and family planning services, preconception care, care during pregnancy, childbirth and the...
01.18.2018
Your recruiter will update this information before posting.Your recruiter will update this information before posting.
02.15.2018
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...
02.23.2018
This position will assist the physicians and Certified Nurse Midwives of the UKs Midwife and Polk Dalton Clinic in patient care. Includes Centering meetings, pelvic examinations, pap smears, biopsies, and outpatient surgical procedures. Duties...
02.23.2018
Provides nursing care for patients with obstetric and gynecologic needs during labor delivery and postpartum. Provides nursing care for patients with obstetric and gynecologic needs during labor delivery and postpartum; identifies additional...
02.23.2018
On the labor and delivery maternity unit, conducts comprehensive health assessments, demonstrating a high level of autonomy and expert skill in the diagnosis and treatment of actual or potential health problems that are pregnancy-specific,...
02.23.2018
02.05.2018
Carilion OB Clinic is seeking a full time Nurse Practitioner with Obstetrics/gynecology experience to care for prenatal patients and patients in need of gynecological care. Responsible for coordinating care of OB/GYN populatin seen in the...
02.23.2018
At Mount Carmel, were committed to making a meaningful difference in the lives of our patients and communities. Our colleagues people like you share our passion for always going above and beyond to provide the highest standards of care. Our...
  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. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. Certified Nurse Midwife Des Moines, IA Mercy Medical Center Des Moines
    Certified Nurse Midwife Schedule-Full-time Job-Physician Daily Schedule-8-5 Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period-80 Weekends Required-Occasional Primary Location-IOWA-DES MOINES-MERCY MEDICAL CENTER Mercy Clinics Midwifery is...
  5. Nurse Midwife-OB-Gyn Duluth, MN St. Luke's Hospital
    Graduate from an accredited program. BLS certification required MN licensure required prior to start Relevant experience is required JOB SUMMARY The St. Lukes Obstetrics and Gynecology Midwife practices medicine under the direction and...
  6. 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...
  7. Certified Nurse Midwife Rochester, MN Mayo Clinic Campus in Minnesota
    The Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) at Mayo Clinic may deliver a full range of health care services for women, including primary care, gynecologic and family planning services, preconception care, care during pregnancy, childbirth and the...
  8. PSO Cert Nurse Midwife Miles City, MT Holy Rosary Healthcare - SCL Health
    Your recruiter will update this information before posting.Your recruiter will update this information before posting.
  9. Nurse Midwife, Birth Center, 40 hours 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. Staff Nurse/Ambulatory/UKHC Lexington, KY UK HealthCare
    This position will assist the physicians and Certified Nurse Midwives of the UKs Midwife and Polk Dalton Clinic in patient care. Includes Centering meetings, pelvic examinations, pap smears, biopsies, and outpatient surgical procedures. Duties...
  11. Nurse Midwife - Detroit Lakes Ob/Gyn Bemidji, MN Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota
    Provides nursing care for patients with obstetric and gynecologic needs during labor delivery and postpartum. Provides nursing care for patients with obstetric and gynecologic needs during labor delivery and postpartum; identifies additional...
  12. NURSE PRACTITIONER, LABOR AND DELIVERY/OR NURSE MIDWIFE Worcester, MA UMass Memorial Medical Center
    On the labor and delivery maternity unit, conducts comprehensive health assessments, demonstrating a high level of autonomy and expert skill in the diagnosis and treatment of actual or potential health problems that are pregnancy-specific,...
  13. NURSE PRACTITIONER, LABOR AND DELIVERY/OR NURSE MIDWIFE Worcester, MA UMass Memorial Medical Center
  14. Nurse Practitioner - OB Clinic Roanoke, VA Carilion Clinic
    Carilion OB Clinic is seeking a full time Nurse Practitioner with Obstetrics/gynecology experience to care for prenatal patients and patients in need of gynecological care. Responsible for coordinating care of OB/GYN populatin seen in the...
  15. Certiifed Nurse Midwife: Mount Carmel St. Ann's Hospital Boise, ID Saint Alphonsus Health System
    At Mount Carmel, were committed to making a meaningful difference in the lives of our patients and communities. Our colleagues people like you share our passion for always going above and beyond to provide the highest standards of care. Our...