A certified nurse-midwife (CNM) is a registered nurse who has graduated from one of the advanced education programs accredited by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM). In addition, nurse-midwives must pass a national certification examination and meet strict requirements set by state health agencies.
Nurse-midwives help women during labor and delivery and are trained and experienced in prenatal, postpartum, normal newborn care and in routine gynecological care. They work in hospitals and clinics and some assist women who wish to give birth at home.
Throughout a woman’s life, nurse-midwives:
- Teach and answer questions about proper diets, personal hygiene, exercise, sleep and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
- Provide preconception counseling, family planning services, gynecological care, annual pelvic and breast examinations, Pap tests and screening and treatment for infections.