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.
requirements are a master’s degree or training at a school of
nurse midwifery. Educational programs and requirements can be
. As well, Certified Nurse-Midwives must take a national
practice in hospital settings, ob-gyn offices and birthing
centers. Refer to http://www.midwife.org/prof/backfact.htm
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.
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).