A nurse-midwife is a professional who specializes in the reproductive health and birthing of women. Nurse-midwives are women’s health care providers from adolescence to menopause. They attend prenatal checkups, attend the birth, and give care after the baby is born for expectant women. Nurse-midwives are similar to OB/GYNs, except they specialize in natural delivery and reproductive care.
What does a Nurse Midwife do?
Nurse midwives work together with other doctors, social workers, dietitians, physical therapists, and other nurses. They have a wide range of tasks that they have to do, such as:
- Confirmation of pregnancy and dating
- Postpartum and prenatal care for their patients
- Caring for their patient during childbirth
- Educating new parents on infant care
- Supporting new mothers that are going to be breastfeeding
- Preventive health screenings and tests
- Diagnosing and treating patients with gynecological disorders
How do you become a Nurse Midwife?
If you like promoting holistic health and working with women from varied backgrounds, nurse-midwifery may be the career route for you. Nurse-midwives are excellent at creating relationships, working well under pressure, and offering unbiased assistance in emotionally difficult situations.
The educational requirements for becoming a nurse-midwife consists of achieving a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and passing the NCLEX-RN licensing exam, which makes you a registered nurse. A Master of Science or Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is needed if you want to acquire certifications and become a nurse-midwife. To become certified, taking the certification and passing it, which is through the American Midwifery Certification Board, is needed.
How much does a Nurse Midwife make?
A nurse midwives salary can have multiple factors that determine how much they make per year, such as education, certifications, and how much experience they have. But the average salary for an NM in the United States as of 2021 is $112,955 but can range from $95,587 to $141,688.