Responsibilities of a Certified Nurse Midwife
The primary focus of any nurse midwife is on women’s health issues, and while they may work independently of a physician, it is common for them to work in conjunction with an obstetrician/gynecologist or in a women’s health clinic. A CNM may also treat male patients in certain areas including STDs and reproductive health issues. The role, duties, medical treatments, and pharmacologic abilities 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 helping women manage acute and chronic illnesses
- Conducting physical examinations and interpreting medical history
- Ordering and performing 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 patients
A Certified Nurse Midwife specializes in the treatment 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 assist them during major moments in their lives. Nurse Midwives are equipped to work in hospitals, private practice, and other health care systems.