CNM - Certified Nurse Midwife Jobs

Marissa Mararac

What Does A Certified Nurse Midwife Do?

A certified nurse midwife (CNM) is a registered nurse (RN) who cares for women and infants prior to, during, and following pregnancy. A CNM also sometimes provides primary care for women at any age. CNMs are advanced practice nurses with a graduate degree and advanced clinical training. According to RNtoBSN, they can select an area of specialization like neonatal, childbirth and delivery, reproductive health, or non-surgical gynecological care.

What Are The Job Roles For An CNM

  • Delivering babies 
  • Providing prenatal and postpartum exams
  • Assisting specialists such as obstetricians and gynecologists 
  • Counseling female patients
  • Ordering diagnostic tests and interpreting results 
  • Prescribing medication and treatment (some states) 

Job Characteristics 

  • Job requires independence
  • Work is structured
  • Daily responsibilities include significant patient contact 
  • Work demands remaining calm in high-pressure scenarios 
  • Job requires good communication skills

What Education & Certification Is Needed For A CNM?

Individuals interested in becoming a CNM must obtain RN status first. This requires completing a hospital training program or a two- or four-year nursing degree at a college or university. To be eligible for licensing in their state, graduates must pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN), Discover Nursing reports.

RNs must have a bachelor’s degree to enter a graduate program in midwifery. With two to four years’ experience, graduates with a master’s degree in nursing can apply to take the exam necessary to gain the CNM distinction. The organization that administers the exam is the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB). Many CNMs opt to complete a Doctorate of Nursing Practice.

What Are The Degree Requirements For A CNM?

The minimum credential required is a master's degree in nursing. To be eligible for certification, a candidate must complete a program approved by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME). Among the top schools with programs accredited by ACME are these: 

What Certification Is Needed For A CNM?

Designation as a CNM reflects professionalism and superior clinical knowledge. To take the AMCB certification exam, a candidate must show proof of state RN licensure, completion of a graduate midwife nursing degree from a program with ACME accreditation, and two letters from the director of his or her nursing midwife program that verify the completion date of the graduate program and the individual’s ability to work professionally and safely in the chosen career.

CNMs must renew their certification every five years. The path to achieving CNM status varies from one state to another because of differences in required education for an RN license. Candidates can see their state’s licensing requirements at this RNtoBSN page.

What Are the CEU Requirements As A CNM?

CNMs participate in an AMCB Certificate Maintenance Program that requires continuing education units (CEUs) for re-certification every five years. This program accepts CEUs from seven approved organization to satisfy the requirement of 20 contact hours. An important part of career development is staying current with changing regulatory requirements that affect nursing. The current trend is for employers to favor funding either on-site or online training.

Where Can I Work As A CNM?

  • Hospitals 
  • Birthing centers 
  • Community clinics
  • Doctors’ office
  • Military facilities
  • Home healthcare

Vonda J. Sines is a freelance writer based in the Washington, DC area. She specializes in health/medical, career, and pet topics and writes extensively about Crohn's disease. Her work has been published at EverydayHealth, Lifescript,, Yahoo! Health, Catholic Digest, Angie's List Health, and on many more sites.

Marissa Mararac


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