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Certified Nurse Midwife

RN Diploma or ASN or BSN

A Certified Nurse Midwife works with women who have relatively low-risk pregnancies—from prenatal visits through labor and delivery. They can provide care after the pregnancy, too, counseling new mothers. Some Certified Nurse Midwives work alongside gynecologists to help women throughout their reproductive lives, from puberty to menopause.

Things You'll Do:

  • Deliver babies
  • Give prenatal and postpartum care
  • Assist gynecologists and obstetricians

Your job characteristics:

  • Structured
  • Patient-facing
  • Independent

How You'll Get There
  • Get Your
    Nursing Diploma, Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Pass Your
    National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)
  • You can start working as a Registered Nurse.
    More about becoming an RN ›
  • Work for a minimum of two to four years in a midwife-related field
    More about this requirement ›
  • Get Your
    Further graduate education in either a Nurse-Midwife Education program or direct entry program
  • Get Your
    Certification from the American College of Nurse-Midwives Certification Council (ACNM) or similar organizations
  • Become a
    Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)

More About this Specialty
  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Hospitals
    • Outpatient Facilities
    • Patients’ homes

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  • What Else You
    Can Expect

    • 22% more jobs for registered nurses from 2008-2018
    • You’ll be giving routine check-ups during your patients’ pregnancies, and helping new mothers care for their newborns.

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    Sandra

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