Careers: MSN Nurse-Midwifery

Feb 01, 2022
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Career opportunities for Nurse Midwives are likely to be very strong. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the nurse midwifery workforce will grow by 26 percent from 2018 to 2028, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. The median annual wages for nurse midwives is $113,980. U.S. News & World Report names Nurse Midwives #16 on its list of 100 Best Jobs.The University of Cincinnati Nurse Midwifery Program has a 95% graduation rate for all full-time and part-time students who enter Nurse Midwifery program specialty courses.

Graduates of our Master’s in Nurse Midwifery program are excellent communicators and passionate healthcare professionals dedicated to working with women holistically throughout the birthing process. As more women begin to appreciate the advantages of using a midwife in addition to obstetrical care, the field of midwifery is growing accordingly. Students graduate prepared to take on careers in this field either independently or as part of a healthcare team.

What You Can do with a Nurse-Midwifery Degree

A career in nurse midwifery is ideal for medical professionals who are passionate about working with patients on their sexual and reproductive health. Nurse midwife jobs are growing quickly, with many employment opportunities across the country. You can become a certified nurse midwife through the accredited masters program at UC Online and set the stage for a lifetime of exciting career opportunities working in women’s and perinatal healthcare.

The responsibilities of nurse midwives within their workplace can vary widely depending on their patients and scope of work. Generally, they provide services to women, especially as it pertains to reproductive and sexual health. This can include gynecological exams, family planning assistance and prenatal care. Midwives can also serve as primary care providers for men and women who need sexual or reproductive care and guidance.

Certified nurse midwives often work with pregnant women and women hoping to become pregnant. They help deliver babies and manage high risk pregnancies, providing care during labor complications and emergencies, and are often present to assist physicians who perform cesarean births. They offer care and guidance throughout the entire pregnancy process, including postpartum.

Due to the many duties that can fall to nurse midwives, nurse midwives can find employment across a spectrum of health facilities, such as hospitals, clinical settings and private practices.

Required Certifications and Training for Nurse-Midwifery

Since 2010, it has been required that registered and certified nurse midwives obtain a master’s degree and pass the certification exam from the American Midwifery Certification Board. The online master’s degree in nurse midwifery offered through UC Online is specially designed to cover topics relevant to nurse midwife careers and to prepare graduates for their certification exam.

Certified Nurse Midwives are licensed health practitioners with prescriptive authority in all 50 states. Each state has different regulations regarding online education and healthcare practitioners. Prospective students should visit our state by state overview and contact the relevant regulatory board in their state of residence before enrolling in UC Online.

Once certified, nurse midwives must maintain certification every five years by completing certification training modules, continuing education courses and paying annual fees. Alternatively, they can retake the certification exam and pay a five year cumulative fee to maintain their certification.

By the numbers

“Employment for certified nurse midwives is expected to grow 31% from 2016 to 2026. This is considerably faster than the average growth rate for employment in the United States, suggesting career stability for the next decade."
The Bureau of Labor Statistics 
“As of May 2018, the median income for a certified nurse-midwife was $103,930. The lowest percentile still make around $76,800, while the top 10th percentile earn over $180,460 annually."
The Labor of Bureau Statistics 
Student Testimonials
“As a mom of four children, a flexible online education was the best choice. I chose the University of Cincinnati because it allowed me to set up my clinicals close to home. I was pleasantly surprised by the experience. The faculty made time to meet with me one-on-one using Skype and I could schedule time with proctors for my tests.”

Wendi R.
MSN Nurse Midwifery

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