Certified Nurse Midwife (Cnm)

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Nurse midwives, also known as CNMs, provide a range of healthcare services to women, including gynecological exams, family planning, prenatal care, and childbirth support.

Labor and delivery

  • In addition to delivering babies and managing emergencies during labor, they may also provide surgical assistance during cesarean births and repair lacerations.

Maternity care

  • CNMs may act as primary care providers for maternity care and provide wellness care, including education on topics such as nutrition and disease prevention.

Sexual and reproductive care

  • They also offer care to their patients' partners for sexual or reproductive health issues.

Work environment

CNMs work in various healthcare settings, including hospitals, clinics, and doctors' offices, and typically work full time. To become a CNM, individuals must earn a master's degree in midwifery and be licensed in their state, as well as pass a national certification exam. Along with nurse anesthetists and nurse practitioners, CNMs are classified as advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs).


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Nursing (pronunciation: /ˈnɜːrsɪŋ/) is a profession within the health care sector focused on the care of individuals, families, and communities so they may attain, maintain, or recover optimal health and quality of life.


The term "nursing" comes from the Latin word "nutrire", which means "to nourish". This is a reflection of the nurturing and caring nature of this profession.

Related Terms

  • Registered Nurse: A nurse who has graduated from a nursing program and met the requirements outlined by a country, state, province or similar licensing body to obtain a nursing license.
  • Nurse Practitioner: An advanced practice registered nurse classified as a mid-level practitioner.
  • Nursing Care Plan: A plan that outlines the individualized care that a patient will receive due to their specific needs during their stay in a healthcare facility.
  • Nursing Theory: A conceptualization of some aspect of nursing that describes, explains, predicts, or prescribes nursing care.
  • Nursing Assessment: An evaluation of the nature and extent of nursing problems presented by a patient for the purpose of patient care planning.
  • Nursing Home: A place for people who don't need to be in a hospital but can't be cared for at home.

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