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Certified Nurse-Midwives

Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNM) are certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB). According to its professional organization, the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), Certified Nurse-Midwives are advanced-practice registered nurses who have graduated from an accredited nurse-midwifery education program, and have passed a national certification exam. There are more than 13,000 CNMs in the United States; approximately 82% have a master’s degree.

Here are some more facts from the ACNM:

  • Certified Nurse-Midwives attended more than 313,000 births in 2012
  • Certified Nurse-Midwives practice wherever women give birth – 95% occur in hospitals
  • Certified Nurse-Midwives are licensed, independent healthcare providers with prescriptive authority in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, and Puerto Rico
  • Under federal law, CNMs are defined as primary care providers

Studies have shown that women who deliver babies with a midwife experience several benefits, including:

  • Shorter labor
  • Less need for pain medication
  • Lower possibility of C-section
  • Lower chance of needing forceps or other operative devices