Nurse-Midwife Meets with New Mother

Nurse-midwives are registered nurses with advanced training who assist in family planning, pregnancy, and childbirth. They also provide routine health care for women. Nurse-midwives work in hospitals, with physicians in private practice, in freestanding birth centers or well-woman care centers, in women's clinics, and even in the homes of clients.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Certified Professional Midwives, Direct-Entry Midwives, Lay Midwives
Duties Handle all aspect of normal pregnancies, including prenatal care, assistance during labor, and follow-up care, calling upon a physician when there are complications
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Health
  • Psychology
Experience Experience as registered nurse
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Realistic
  • Technical
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Excellent
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Certified Nurse-Midwife Administrator
  • Certified Nurse-Midwife
  • Certified Professional Midwife
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Nursing Assistant