What is a certified nurse midwife?

Stacy Hudepohl, CNP, explains what certified midwives are. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

What is a certified nurse midwife?

A certified nurse midwife in the state of Ohio is someone who has been a registered nurse, who has obtained their Master's degree in nursing, and has gone on to obtain their certification through the American College of Nurse Midwives. In the state of Ohio, we do have to be a registered nurse. Most nurse midwives have either worked in the labor and delivery setting or in some type of hospital setting before they've gone on to be a nurse midwife. Our credentials are held by the Ohio Board of Nursing and by the American College of Nurse Midwives, which also makes sure that we follow through with all of our education and keep our education current with the changing time.

 

Midwives are certified health care providers who provide women’s health services, including child birthing and delivery care, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH). Midwives work and consult with OB/GYN physicians to provide prenatal and family planning care, according to the NIH.

Midwives complete graduate nursing education, and more than 7,400 midwives were in practice in the United States in 2015, according to the United States Bureau of Labor StatisticsOff Site Icon (BLS).

The NIH states that midwives can perform the following services:

  • Conduct activities that promote women's health and reduce health risks
  • Manage therapy
  • Order laboratory tests and procedures
  • Perform a physical exam
  • Take medical history

For more information about the certified nurse midwife, talk to your doctor.

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