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midwives

ilikepizzailikepizza 429 replies78 threads Member
edited August 2011 in Nursing Major
im interested in going into the nursing field mostly as a midwife. what is the process that you go through to become a midwife? how are job prospects?
edited August 2011
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  • greenwitchgreenwitch 8824 replies41 threads Senior Member
    To become a CNM (certified nurse-midwife) you would first become an RN and then pursue post-graduate work in midwifery through a program accredited by the American College of Nurse Midwifery (ACNM), and then pass their national test. You could also become a CM (certified midwife) if you had a bachelor's degree in a different health field, and did the same post-graduate work (and passed the test).

    You can also be a CPM (certified professional midwife) by following the regulations and requirements of whatever state you seek to be licensed in (about 1/2 the states do this). You can be a nurse, or not be one, to be a CPM.

    Most CNMs and CMs work in hospitals and birth centers, most CPMs work in birth centers or attend homebirths.

    As with "regular" nursing, there are many paths to your goal.

    Here's a story you may find inspiring:

    Lessons at Tuba City Hospital, Run by Navajos, About Births - NYTimes.com
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