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What is a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM)?

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The word midwife has been used for centuries to describe a woman who is “with women” at birth. Although midwives have been attending births in America since before 1776, the profession of nurse-midwifery began in the early 1920s when there was a very high rate of infant and maternal deaths.

Certified Nurse Midwives are licensed healthcare practitioners educated in both nursing and midwifery. They are experts in midwifery and well woman care. Before being allowed to practice, CNMs must graduate from an accredited program and pass a rigorous national certification exam.

They are held to the high standards of practice set by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), the American Midwifery Certification Board and state licensing boards. All of TLC's certified nurse midwives hold master's degrees in nursing, as do more than 70 percent of all CNMs nationally.

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How do CNMs and MDs work together?

More information about certified nurse midwives can be found on the ACNM website.

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