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Nurse-midwives provide care to women from adolescence through the menopausal years. They work with well women providing gynecologic care, including such areas as, pap smears, preconceptual counseling, family planning and sexual health.

Nurse-midwives care for low risk women during pregnancy. They provide their healthcare during their prenatal visits, attend their birth and provide care for them in the postpartum period. Nurse midwives focus on helping women prepare for birth, spending one on one time with women during labor and delivery and low risk vaginal deliveries.

To become a certified nurse-midwife, a registered nurse must graduate from a nurse-midwifery program accredited by the American College of Nurse-Midwives, and pass a national certification exam. CNMs are educated in both nursing and midwifery and can practice anywhere in the U.S.

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Nurse Midwifes work collaboratively with other healthcare professionals. The healthcare team might include, physicians, social workers, dietitians, physical therapists, educators and other nurses. The nurse midwife works collaboratively with the patient and her family to maximize her health care needs.

Career opportunities

Nursing is the largest health-care occupation, with more than two million jobs. Overall, it's one of the 10 occupations projected to have the largest numbers of new jobs.

Nurse midwives are in high demand to provide obstetrics and gynecology services in low-risk patient populations. Nurse midwife positions have seen growth exponentially in the last two decades.

Certified nurse midwives work in hospitals, clinics, birthing centers, health departments, private practices, institutions and with physicians. Some nurse-midwives may even own their own practices.

Earning potential

Nurse-midwives starting salaries are approximately $75,000 per year.

Incomes vary greatly depending on years and type of experience, the area of country, benefit packages, and individual employment, such as whether a nurse-midwife works within an institution or is in private practice.

Professional organizations

Visit the following Web sites to learn more about nurse midwifery:

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