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Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)

Industry: Healthcare
Area: Nursing and Direct Patient Care

A nurse midwife is a registered nurse with advanced academic and clinical training. Nurse midwives provide care for normal, healthy women before, during, and after childbirth. During the birthing process, they spend time with the mother to provide needed emotional and physical support. They assist in labor and delivery, help in newborn care, and counsel mothers on infant growth and future pregnancies. Nurse midwives are prized members of the childbirth team because they offer safe, accessible birth care. This is especially true in many underserved, rural, and inner city areas with few physicians.

Work Settings

Nurse midwives work in hospitals, birth centers, clinics, and in some states attend home births.


A Certified Nurse Midwife needs to first become a registered nurse and then acquire advanced academic and clinical training.

Master’s programs offered at New York University, Columbia University, SUNY Downstate, SUNY Stony Brook

Job Outlook

Expected to grow faster than average through 2008


Average annual salary $40,000 - $110,000

Work Schedule

May work shifts or have daytime office hours with on call periods at night and on weekends.

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