What is a Certified Nurse-Midwife?

Certified nurse-midwives are registered nurses who have graduated from a nurse-midwifery education program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) and have passed a national certification examination to receive the professional designation of certified nurse-midwife. Nurse-midwives have been practicing in the United States since the 1920s—ACNM (www.midwife.org)

As midwives:

  • We honor the normalcy of women’s lifecycle events
  • We believe in:
    • Watchful waiting and non-intervention in normal processes
    • Appropriate use of interventions and technology for current or potential health problems
    • Consultation, collaboration and referral with other members of the health care team as needed to provide optimal health care—ACNM

 Why choose a midwife?

The World Health Organization says: “Midwives are the most appropriate primary health care provider to be assigned to the care of normal birth. Midwives are experts in normal pregnancy, birth and post birth care, and offer personalized care based in the belief that pregnancy and childbirth are normal, healthy aspects of life. Your midwife strives to help you and your family learn to trust and believe in pregnancy and the birth process.”