What Is a Certified Nurse-Midwife?
A certified nurse-midwife (CNM) is a registered nurse who has completed advanced education to provide specialized health care to women in the following areas:
Certified nurse-midwives also prescribe drugs and order diagnostic and laboratory tests.
Certified nurse-midwives in Kansas and Missouri possess the following to provide care:
According to Nurse-Midwifery in 2008: Evidence-Based Practice (American College of Nurse-Midwives, 2008), which is a summary of research on midwifery practice in our country, care provided by certified nurse-midwives results in these benefits:
Approximately 11 percent of all spontaneous vaginal births and 7 percent of all births are attended by certified nurse-midwives (National Center for Health Statistics, 2007). Approximately 97 percent of CNM-attended births occur in hospitals, 2 percent in freestanding birth centers and 1 percent at home (ACNM, 2008).
Certified nurse-midwives believe that pregnancy is not an illness, but a normal and beautiful part of the life process. They devote time to personalized attention and consider all physical, social and cultural needs of each woman by supporting these principles: