Nurse Midwife / Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (NM/WHNP)
A certified nurse-midwife (CNM) is a registered nurse who has also completed an accredited educational program in nurse-midwifery and passed an examination given by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB). Despite the most advanced medical technology in the world, the United States has higher rates of infant mortality than many countries that use midwifery as their primary model of care.
In the United States, some studies have indicated that midwife-attended births have lower NICU admission rates and lower caesarian birth rates. Midwifery is increasingly perceived as an appropriate alternative to traditional obstetrical care. Consequently, the need for midwives continues to grow.
Nurse-midwives provide primary care to childbearing women in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings including hospitals, homes, and birth centers. According to a 2007 ACNM Salary Survey, 32.7% work in a hospital and 30.5% work in a physician practice. >> See complete data
The Women's health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) is a registered nurse who has completed advanced education with a focus on the primary health care needs of women across the life cycle, with emphasis on conditions unique to women from menarche through the remainder of their lives.
Besides clinical care, WHNPs focus on health promotion, disease prevention, health education and counseling, and helping patients make wise health and lifestyle choices.
Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) Career Opportunities
CNMs and CMs work in a variety of settings including private practices, hospitals, birth centers, health clinics, and home birth services. The numbers and types of opportunities available to new graduates often depend on the individual's work preference and vary across the country and in different locations (urban or rural).
It is also possible for CNMs/CMs with entrepreneurial spirits to set up their own practices, establishing themselves as health care providers in the community of their choice.
CNMs have legal authority to practice in every state, the District of Columbia and most of the US Territories. According to the US BLS, 5,300 nurse midwives were employed in 2014. By 2024, jobs are expected to grow 25%.
Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) Education & Certification
To qualify for certification as a nurse midwife, candidates have to be registered nurses who have graduated from a nurse-midwifery education program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) (formerly the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) Division of Accreditation (DOA)) and have passed a national certification examination to receive the professional designation of certified nurse-midwife. Nurse-midwives have been practicing in the U.S. since the 1920s. The American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) [formerly the ACNM Certification Council (ACC)] administers the national certification examination for CNMs. The certification for individuals who pass the AMCB national exam after January 1996 expires after five years and will require re-certification to maintain the professional designation.
Most CNM's hold a master's degree (MSN, MPH, or MM). According to a 2007 ACNM Salary Survey, 80.6% of respondents hold a master's degree and 6.4% of respondents actually held some type of doctoral degree.
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Certified Nurse Midwife / Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Salary
CNM salaries vary widely based on geographic region, responsibility and experience level. A number of variables can affect salaries for CNMs and CMs including: type of practice setting (private practice, hospital, birth center, home birth, health clinic), geographic part of the country, type of location (urban or rural), benefits packages offered with salary, hours worked per week, and type of care provided (full-scope of women's health services, pre-natal care, gynecologic care, etc.). According to the US BLS, nurse midwives earned a median salary of $92,510 in 2015.
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|Georgetown University Online
Nurse-Midwife/Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
Master of Science in Nursing
The Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (NM/WHNP) program is designed to prepare registered nurses to manage a woman’s normal obstetrical and gynecological needs during the childbearing years, manage the care of the normal newborn, and provide primary care to women throughout the lifespan.
Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies established the Nurse-Midwifery program in 1972. The program now includes an innovative Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program, which provides students with the opportunity to study women’s health and midwifery practice through a strong didactic program that includes advanced courses in pathophysiology, pharmacology, and health assessment. The program also includes a clinical sequence that allows students to experience a wide range of women’s health settings.
The Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner concentration is for registered nurses who wish to care for the health and well-being of women during their reproductive years as well as the normal newborn. Nurse-midwives provide prenatal, birth, and postpartum care for women and healthy newborns. Nurse-midwives also provide gynecological and some primary care services for women from menarche through menopause. Because of this, Nursing@Georgetown delivers a combined, multidimensional Nurse-Midwifery and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner curriculum.
All graduates of the NM/WHNP program are eligible to become dually certified as Nurse Midwives (CNMs) and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners (WHNPs) without any extra coursework. Graduates are eligible to sit for the midwifery exam offered by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) and the WHNP exam offered by National Certification Corporation (NCC) to become Board Certified (BC).
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs at Georgetown University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.