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...
04.26.2018
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....
07.13.2017
Provide CNM support to one or more physicians in office and hospital settings. Qualifications include current NC Certified Nurse Midwife licensure; current DEA; previous experience preferred but not required. This position will offer...
05.21.2018
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,...
05.21.2018
The Certified Nurse Midwife is responsible for providing care to all patients, including history and physical examinations, Pap tests, patient education, diagnosing and treating common ailments, and providing in-office emergency care as...
05.21.2018
Certified Nurse Midwife is responsible for the assessment, plan, implementation and evaluation of nurse midwifery care delivered to gynecologic, antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum patients, and limited primary care. As part of a mulit-faceted...
12.30.2017
Participates in initial examination of obstetrical patient and is assigned responsibility for care treatment and delivery of patient. Participates in antenatal evaluation and treatment of the obstetrical patient. Examines patient during...
04.19.2018
Participates in initial examination of obstetrical patient, and is assigned responsibility for care, treatment, and delivery of patient. Participates in antenatal evaluation and treatment of the obstetrical patient. Examines patient during...
05.07.2018
Participates in initial examination of obstetrical patient, and is assigned responsibility for care, treatment, and delivery of patient. Participates in antenatal evaluation and treatment of the obstetrical patient. Examines patient during...
05.21.2018
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...
05.21.2018
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,...
05.02.2018
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....
05.15.2018
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....
05.02.2018
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....
04.26.2018
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....
  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. 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....
  3. Certified Nurse Midwife Laurinburg, NC Scotland Health Care System
    Provide CNM support to one or more physicians in office and hospital settings. Qualifications include current NC Certified Nurse Midwife licensure; current DEA; previous experience preferred but not required. This position will offer...
  4. 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,...
  5. Certified Nurse Midwife-Women's Center Portland, ME MaineHealth
    The Certified Nurse Midwife is responsible for providing care to all patients, including history and physical examinations, Pap tests, patient education, diagnosing and treating common ailments, and providing in-office emergency care as...
  6. Cert Nurse Midwife - University Physicians Wilmington, NC New Hanover Regional Medical Center
    Certified Nurse Midwife is responsible for the assessment, plan, implementation and evaluation of nurse midwifery care delivered to gynecologic, antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum patients, and limited primary care. As part of a mulit-faceted...
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    Participates in initial examination of obstetrical patient and is assigned responsibility for care treatment and delivery of patient. Participates in antenatal evaluation and treatment of the obstetrical patient. Examines patient during...
  8. CERTIFIED NURSE MIDWIFE Hyannis, MA Cape Cod Healthcare
    Participates in initial examination of obstetrical patient, and is assigned responsibility for care, treatment, and delivery of patient. Participates in antenatal evaluation and treatment of the obstetrical patient. Examines patient during...
  9. CERTIFIED NURSE MIDWIFE Hyannis, MA Cape Cod Healthcare
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  10. Experienced 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...
  11. NURSE PRACTITIONER, LABOR AND DELIVERY/OR NURSE MIDWIFE Worcester, MA UMass Memorial Medical Center
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