nurse midwife     
      














Nurse-Midwifery is one of the oldest nursing professions. The nurse-midwife “meets the healthcare needs of the entire family from preconception through the vulnerable postpartum period (Nichols & Zwelling, 1997, p. 52).” Nurse-midwives typically take a holistic approach in providing care. Unlike OB-Gyn Physicians, the Nurse-Midwife is with the mother throughout labor and delivery.

The educational requirements are a master’s degree or training at a school of nurse midwifery. Educational programs and requirements can be found on
http://www.midwife.org/ .  As well, Certified Nurse-Midwives must take a national examination.

Nurse-Midwives practice in hospital settings, ob-gyn offices and birthing centers. Refer to http://www.midwife.org/prof/backfact.htm for different
locations for midwives to practice. The salary ranges can vary according to the location where the nurse midwife works; unfortunately, salary information is not readily available. More and more women are turning to nurse-midwives as their provider for pre and postnatal care. For this reason, many birthing centers are being established.

For those interested in the public health sector, it is possible for Nurse-Midwives to own and/or manage their own birthing center. However, nurses must understand the public sector and participate in extensive planning for the center to be financially viable and successful (Stanhope & Lancaster, 2000).

Helpful websites:
The path to becoming a nurse-midwife: http://www.midwiferytoday.com/
The history of the first midwife: http://www.dohistory.com/
The professional organization, American College of Nurse-Midwives:
http://www.midwife.org/