Midwife means “WITH WOMEN”

Frequently Asked Questions...

Text Box: What is a Certified Nurse-Midwife?
A certified nurse-midwife (CNM) is a primary care provider
for normal maternity, newborn and well-woman gynecological care.
The CNM designation is received after completing an accredited graduate level program in midwifery at schools of medicine, nursing 
or public health, and passing a certification examination administered
by the ACNM Certification Council, Inc. Prior to taking the national certification exam, a CNM must be a licensed Registered Nurse (RN).

Certified Nurse-Midwives' Education
In the United States there are currently 39 nurse-midwifery education programs that are accredited by the ACNM Division of Accreditation, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. These
include 28 masters degree programs, 10 certificate programs and 
1 pre-certification program.

Health Care Services Provided by CNM's
Studies have noted that care by a CNM is not only safe and personal 
but results in fewer episiotomies, cesarean sections, premature 
and low-birth-weight births. Nurse-midwifery practice includes 
Services to healthy women and their babies in the areas of:
Prenatal care
Labor and delivery management
Postpartum care
Well-woman gynecology
Normal newborn care

Safety of Certified Nurse-Midwife Care
Over the years, nurse-midwives have maintained a superb record 
of safety and client satisfaction. Research shows that a woman experiencing a healthy pregnancy, labor and delivery is as safe 
in the hands of a nurse-midwife as she would be in the hands of a physician. A recent report by the Institute of Medicine points out that
nurse-midwives are particularly effective in managing the care of pregnant women, and that such care results; in fewer premature
and underweight babies.

Choosing A Nurse-Midwife
More and more women are finding that nurse-midwifery services 
are a safe, sensitive and personal form of health care. Any woman 
who is in generally good health can take advantage of the services 
of a nurse-midwife throughout and beyond her child-bearing years.
Today, over 4,000 certified nurse-midwives practice in all 50 states and in many other countries around the world.