Interested in becoming a certified nurse-midwife but aren’t sure where to start? Fortunately, beginning your career as a – certified nurse-midwife is easy and effective with a master’s degree from Frontier Nursing University! But what exactly do you learn on the journey to becoming a nurse-midwife and how do you know if it’s the right path for you? Learn more about the steps you can take to become a nurse-midwife and the programs we offer below.
What Is A Nurse-Midwife?
First and foremost, you may be wondering what exactly is a nurse-midwife? Although there are some common misconceptions, nurse-midwives are professional, competent primary healthcare providers that serve women of all ages. As a midwife, it’s your job to focus on gynecological care and family planning as well as provide preconception, pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, and newborn care. Annual exams, writing prescriptions, and offering basic nutrition counseling also fall within the wheelhouse of a midwife.
Additionally, many people do not know that over 90% of the births that nurse-midwives attend are in hospitals (according to the ACNM), and only a small percent are in places like birth centers or private homes. This is a common misconception, and many find work in private practices, clinics, birth centers, and hospitals. On top of that, certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives accounted for over 91% of all midwife-attended births according to a 2014 report.
Becoming a nurse-midwife is a gratifying and practical decision for a number of reasons. Overall, nurse-midwives offer significant and effective contributions to the overall field of women’s and family health care. As the healthcare field continues to expand and grow, organizations across the country are consistently adding nurse-midwives to their health care teams and embracing more collaborative models of patient care. With a master’s degree with a nurse-midwifery specialization from Frontier Nursing University, your unique skill set will benefit patients and organizations alike by improving the quality of care and a decreasing cost. Plus, as out-of-hospital care continues to appeal to more patients, you will have the ability to truly advocate for your patient’s well being.
How Do I Start?
Joining the team at Frontier Nursing University is as easy as applying online! We offer a flexible nurse-midwifery program that allows you to complete courses online and work closely with practicing healthcare professionals during your clinical experience. Frontier Nursing University also offers specialties like psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, and women’s health care nurse practitioner. Still have questions? Click here to request additional information and let us help you find the program that’s right for you! We look forward to hearing from you soon!