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What is a Nurse Midwife?

A Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with specialized training in Women's Health and a concentration in pregnancy, labor, birth, and care after birth. Midwives affirm the strength of women and recognize the importance of women's health in the well-being of families and communities.Certified Nurse Midwives use the Hallmarks of Midwifery, as developed by the American College of Nurse Midwives, to guide their care.

  • Recognition of menarche, pregnancy, birth, and menopause as normal physiologic and developmental processes
  • Advocacy of non-intervention in normal processes in the absence of complications
  • Incorporation of scientific evidence into clinical practice
  • Promotion of woman and family-centered care
  • Empowerment of women as partners in health care
  • Facilitation of healthy family and interpersonal relationships
  • Promotion of continuity of care
  • Health promotion, disease prevention, and health education
  • Promotion of a public health care perspective
  • Care to vulnerable populations
  • Advocacy for informed choice, shared decision making, and the right to self determination
  • Integration of cultural humility
  • Incorporation of evidence-based complementary and alternative therapies in education and practice
  • Skillful communication, guidance, and counseling
  • Therapeutic value of human presence
  • Collaboration with other members of the interprofessional health care team

Who does a midwife care for?

Midwives provide full-scope gynecologic and obstetric care for women from puberty through menopause, including well-woman gynecologic care, family planning consultations and contraception, and prenatal, pregnancy, and birthing care. Midwives support natural birth experiences and are trained to administer pharmacologic pain management if a patient wishes to have it.

Services include:

  • Well-woman care across the lifespan
  • Preconception counseling
  • Supporting mothers in labor

  • Attending births
  • Prescriptive authority
  • Assist with cesarean birth