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Certified Nurse Midwife

A Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) provides nursing and healthcare to expectant mothers. They provide support to women both emotionally and physically before, during and after childbirth. CNMs have specialized training in assisting expectant moms and newborns, and in providing gynecological services such as pap smears, abdominal and pelvic examinations, breast examinations, monitoring the health of the mother and the fetus, etc. They also advise women about personal and reproductive health, and also provide complete prenatal care.

 

Besides this, certified nurse midwives also counsel women about childbirth methods, infant care, nutrition, exercise, etc. Sometimes, these nurses may work with obstetricians and gynecologists for providing medical treatments to women throughout their reproductive lives.

 

The working environments for CNMs vary from hospitals and birthing centres and community health centres to even mothers’ homes during childbirth.

• How to become a Certified Nurse Midwife:

Before entering a midwifery program, the first step is to become a registered nurse (RN). To become an RN, one must acquire a nursing diploma, or earn an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Sometimes, however, employers prefer a Bachelor degree over the others. Following this, the student ought to pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to begin working as a proficient nurse.

 

After this, the nurse has to work for a minimum of two to four years in a midwifery role or midwifery related field in order to become eligible for the certification exam. This exam is administered by the American College of Nurse-Midwives Certification Council. Later on, the student may also earn a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree.

• Salary and job prospects:

Depending on the employer, the level of education acquired by the nurse, specialization within the field, years of experience and the location of work, a CNM’s salary may vary. A typical certified nurse midwife may earn an annual salary between $75,000 to $90,000.

 

With a booming population and growing awareness amongst women these days, the demand for certified nurse midwives is on the rise. Employment opportunities for these nurses are on the rise as quality prenatal and postnatal care has taken on considerable importance in the field of obstetrics. People with strong interpersonal skills will enjoy working as CNM considerably.

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