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Description: what do they do?
Diagnose and coordinate all aspects of the birthing process, either independently or as part of a healthcare team. May provide well-woman gynecological care. Must have specialized, graduate nursing education.
Also known as:
Clinical Site Coordinator and Supervisor, Nurse Midwife, Senior Instructor, Certified Nurse Midwife, Staff Nurse Midwife, Certified Nurse-Midwife, Staff Midwife, Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), Staff Certified Nurse Midwife, Staff Nurse-Midwife

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    Transcript: Nurse midwives have the monumental responsibility of bringing the next generation into the world. These Advanced Practice Registered Nurses conduct many aspects of gynecological care, from providing annual exams and family planning services ...to prenatal care... to birth and delivery. The job of nurse midwives doesn’t start and end in the delivery room. While they manage and treat some birth complications, such as bleeding or lacerations, they also provide care in the months before birth...performing examinations... monitoring the fetal heartbeat… and identifying the baby’s position and size. They record this information to diagnose, treat, and prevent issues that may arise. Nurse midwives also educate their patients about the expected changes throughout pregnancy and birth, potential symptoms to monitor, and about any procedures that their patient is considering. Nurse midwives may work independently through a private practice or on a care team at a hospital or birthing center. They may be needed at all hours to manage labor and deliveries. Nurse midwives must be strong in order to lift and position their patients, and may be vulnerable to back injury. To enter the field, candidates typically need a registered nursing license, a master’s degree, and certification. With these professionals, patients can rest assured that the future... is in good hands.
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Outlook: will there be jobs?
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New job opportunities are very likely in the future.

This occupation is:
  • Expected to grow much faster than average


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    • An Average outlook means that a small number of new job opportunities are likely in the future (less than an 8 percent increase)
    • A Below Average outlook means new job opportunities are less likely in the future

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Projected employment
United States
6,500
2016 Employment
7,800
2026 Employment
21%
Percent change
500
Annual projected job openings

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    National-level data come from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections, 2016-26.

Typical wages

Annual wages for Nurse Midwives in United States
LocationUnited States
10%$66,500
25%$86,570
Median$100,590
75%$120,830
90%$143,650


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Education and experience: to get started
People starting in this career usually have:
  • Master's degree
  • No work experience
  • No on-the-job training

Programs that can prepare you:

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    This information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections Education and Training Data.

Typical education
How much education do most people in this career have?
Chart. Percent of workers in this field by education level attained

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Certifications: show your skills
Let employers know you have the skills to do well at this job.
Earning a certification can help you:
  • Get a job
  • Get a promotion

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Licenses: do you need one?
Some states require an occupational license to work in this career.

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Apprenticeships: learn on the job
Apprenticeships combine paid on-the-job-training with classroom lessons.

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Activities: what you might do in a day
  • Treat medical emergencies.
  • Measure the physical or physiological attributes of patients.
  • Examine patients to assess general physical condition.
  • Care for women during pregnancy and childbirth.
  • Explain medical procedures or test results to patients or family members.
  • Develop medical treatment plans.
  • Analyze test data or images to inform diagnosis or treatment.
  • Order medical diagnostic or clinical tests.
  • Provide health and wellness advice to patients, program participants, or caregivers.
  • Record patient medical histories.
  • Prepare reports summarizing patient diagnostic or care activities.
  • Inform medical professionals regarding patient conditions and care.
  • Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment.
  • Refer patients to other healthcare practitioners or health resources.
  • Test patient nervous system functioning.
  • Prescribe medications.
  • Administer basic health care or medical treatments.
  • Maintain medical or professional knowledge.
  • Establish nursing policies or standards.
  • Conduct research to increase knowledge about medical issues.
  • Conduct health or safety training programs.
  • Train medical providers.

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    This information comes from O*NET OnLine's Occupation Information. They are O*NET’s Detailed Work Activities.

Knowledge
People in this career often know a lot about:
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  • Sociology and Anthropology - Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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Skills
People in this career often have these skills:
  • Social Perceptiveness - Understanding people's reactions.
  • Speaking - Talking to others.
  • Critical Thinking - Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
  • Active Listening - Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
  • Active Learning - Figuring out how to use new ideas or things.
  • Monitoring - Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements.
  • Reading Comprehension - Reading work-related information.
  • Service Orientation - Looking for ways to help people.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one.
  • Writing - Writing things for co-workers or customers.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
  • Coordination - Changing what is done based on other people's actions.
  • Learning Strategies - Using the best training or teaching strategies for learning new things.

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Abilities
People in this career often have talent in:
  • Problem Sensitivity - Noticing when problems happen.
  • Deductive Reasoning - Using rules to solve problems.
  • Oral Comprehension - Listening and understanding what people say.
  • Oral Expression - Communicating by speaking.
  • Written Comprehension - Reading and understanding what is written.
  • Inductive Reasoning - Making general rules or coming up with answers from lots of detailed information.
  • Speech Clarity - Speaking clearly.
  • Written Expression - Communicating by writing.
  • Speech Recognition - Recognizing spoken words.
  • Near Vision - Seeing details up close.
  • Information Ordering - Ordering or arranging things.

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Interests
  • Social - Occupations with Social interests frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. Most involve helping or providing service to others.
  • Investigative - Occupations with Investigative interests frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. They often involve research and figuring out problems mentally.

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Typical tasks
  • Initiate emergency interventions to stabilize patients.
  • Monitor fetal development by listening to fetal heartbeat, taking external uterine measurements, identifying fetal position, or estimating fetal size and weight.
  • Provide prenatal, intrapartum, postpartum, or newborn care to patients.
  • Explain procedures to patients, family members, staff members or others.
  • Develop and implement individualized plans for health care management.
  • Order and interpret diagnostic or laboratory tests.
  • Educate patients and family members regarding prenatal, intrapartum, postpartum, newborn, or interconception care.
  • Document findings of physical examinations.
  • Document patients' health histories, symptoms, physical conditions, or other diagnostic information.
  • Write information in medical records or provide narrative summaries to communicate patient information to other health care providers.
  • Consult with or refer patients to appropriate specialists when conditions exceed the scope of practice or expertise.
  • Provide primary health care, including pregnancy and childbirth, to women.
  • Perform physical examinations by taking vital signs, checking neurological reflexes, examining breasts, or performing pelvic examinations.
  • Prescribe medications as permitted by state regulations.
  • Provide patients with direct family planning services, such as inserting intrauterine devices, dispensing oral contraceptives, and fitting cervical barriers, including cervical caps or diaphragms.
  • Read current literature, talk with colleagues, or participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in midwifery.
  • Establish practice guidelines for specialty areas such as primary health care of women, care of the childbearing family, and newborn care.
  • Conduct clinical research on topics such as maternal or infant health care, contraceptive methods, breastfeeding, and gynecological care.
  • Manage newborn care during the first weeks of life.
  • Plan, provide, or evaluate educational programs for nursing staff, health care teams, or the community.

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Other resources

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