The U.S. Department of Labor predicts employment for all registered nurses to grow much faster than the average through 2018, and this should be especially true for specialists. As certified nurse-midwives gain a reputation as highly trained and compassionate professionals, they will become an integral part of the health care community. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, in 2006 there were 24,970 home births and of these, about 61 percent were attended by nurse-midwives. Currently, there are more positions than there are nurse-midwives to fill them.

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