Nurse-Midwifery Responsibilities

Responsibilities of a Certified Nurse Midwife

The primary focus of any nurse midwife is on women’s health issues. Depending on individual state practice laws, CNMs may practice autonomously or in collaboration with other members of the multidisciplinary health care team. In addition, the role, scope of practice, and prescribing authorization of a nurse midwife will vary depending on licensure and where they practice.

Certified Nurse Midwife responsibilities may include:

  • Primary and specialty care for women
  • Diagnosing, treating, and managing care of women with acute and chronic illnesses
  • Conducting physical examinations and interpreting medical history
  • Ordering and managing care based on diagnostic tests and procedures
  • Delivering babies and attending to pregnancy related issues
  • Providing care to women from puberty through menopause, including newborn care
  • Prescribing pharmacologic treatment (depends on state regulation)
  • Counseling and educating clients

A Certified Nurse Midwife specializes in the management of women’s health issues and works with female patients from puberty to menopause. A CNM finds professional satisfaction in helping women live healthy lives and deliver healthy children. They develop a close bond with their patients and partner with women during some of the most important moments in their lives. Nurse Midwives are equipped to work in hospitals, private practice, and other health care systems.


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