Are you interested in becoming a midwife?
Learn more here about educational requirements, legal status, & employment trends for different pathways to midwifery.
Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) provide general health care throughout a woman’s lifespan. These services include general health check-ups and physical exams; pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care; well woman gynecologic care; and treatment of sexually transmitted infections. CNMs are educated in advanced pharmacology to prescribe a full range of substances, medications, and treatments, including pain control medications. CNMs work in many different settings, such as hospitals, health centers, private practices, birth centers, and homes. Most midwives in the United States are CNMs.
CNMs are advanced practice registered nurses (Nurse Practitioners) with graduate education (Masters level) in midwifery. Before pursuing a masters degree in midwifery CNMs must have met the educational requirements to earn a Registered Nurse (RN) degree and passed national certification (NCLEX) to become an RN. CNMs are required to attend a nurse-midwifery education program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME). This education includes a university degree as well as hands-on clinical training by practicing CNMs. Graduates of a nurse-midwifery program must then pass the national certification exam of the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) to be eligible for licensure to practice in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, & U.S. territories.
The following are higher education institutions with nurse-midwifery education programs accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) nurse midwifery: