Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)

A certified nurse-midwife (CNM) provides care to a woman during pregnancy, manages labor, delivers the baby, and cares for the newborn and mother. Currently, approximately five percent of all births in the United States are conducted by a certified nurse-midwife. CNMs generally take patients who, after a pre-screening, are not likely to have complications. An obstetrician is often used as a consultant for emergencies.

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A nurse-midwife provides education on nutrition, breast feeding, child care, and other information needed for a healthy mother and child. A CNM supervises the labor, provides pain medication if needed, and performs the delivery. The baby is evaluated for its health and then shortly thereafter released to a pediatrician's care.

CNMs are generally self-employed, and work in clinics, hospitals, or independent birthing centers. Hours vary since CNMs are always on call for the expectant mothers.


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