Certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) are registered nurses who have advanced education and specialized training in women’s wellness. They assist women throughout pregnancy and help manage labor, deliver the baby and care for the newborn. In addition to providing gynecological services and prenatal care, CNMs often serve as the primary healthcare provider for women.
Nurse-midwives work in hospitals, birth centers, clinics, private practices and health maintenance organizations (HMOs). They are generally self-employed so they can have the flexible hours needed to always be on-call for expectant mothers.
A graduate degree is required to become a nurse-midwife. Most midwifery programs are at the master’s level and typically require two years of study and one year of clinical experience.
There are no midwifery education programs in Iowa, but distance learning programs are available through several colleges.
Licensure and Certification
Certified nurse-midwives must pass a written certification exam to become licensed in Iowa.
Career Outlook Map of Iowa
The outlook is very good for nurse-midwives. They are part of a group of health providers that is expected to grow by 20% over the next 10 years.