Nurse-Midwife Careers, Cincinnati Online

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Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) provide women’s health care. They perform gynecological exams, offer family planning assistance and provide prenatal care. They can serve as the primary care provider for men and women who need sexual or reproductive health care, pregnant women and postpartum women and their babies. They offer patients nutrition guidelines and advice to improve their sexual health and treat and prevent sexually transmitted diseases.

Most CNMs deliver babies and manage high-risk pregnancies and births. They manage labor complications and emergencies and assist physicians who perform cesarean births.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2016-17), employment demand for nurse midwives will increase faster than the average for other jobs, from 31 percent to 41 percent over the decade from 2014-2024.

Since 2010, CNMs must earn a graduate degree in nurse midwifery and pass the certification exam from the American Midwifery Certification Board to practice midwifery. Once certified, CNMs must maintain certification every five years by completing certification training modules, continuing education and paying annual fees or re-taking the certification exam and paying a five-year cumulative fee.

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National Wage Estimates for CNMs








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Figure 1. National wage estimates for CNMs. Adapted from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners. Retrieved from

(1) Annual wages are a result of multiplying the average hourly wage for CNMs by the number of hours a full-time person works in a year, 2,080 hours. For salaried jobs, the average salary from annual survey results was used in place of the annual wage calculation.