What does a nurse midwife do?
A nurse midwife specializes in women’s reproductive health and childbirth. Nurse midwives provide care to women from adolescence through menopausal years. For pregnant women, they provide care during prenatal visits, attend the birth and provide care after the baby is born. Nurse midwives have similar roles to OB/GYNs but focus on natural techniques for childbirth and reproductive care.
A nurse midwife is an advanced practice registered nurse (A.P.R.N.). They must earn a graduate-level degree, complete extensive clinical training and pass a certification exam to practice.
People they work with: Doctors, social workers, dietitians, physical therapists, educators, nurses, and female, adult patients
Where they work: Hospitals, clinics, birthing centers, health departments and private practices
Career outlook for a nurse midwife
Nurse midwives are in high demand to provide obstetrics and gynecology services for low-risk patients. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment of nurse midwives to grow much faster than average.
With additional training and experience, a nurse midwife may move into a managerial or administrative role or go into education. Others may even own their own practices.