What is a Certified Nurse-Midwife?

Midwives are health care professionals who specialize in assisting normal, uncomplicated births. Certified nurse-midwives (CNM) are advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNP), with a bachelor’s degree in nursing, a master’s degrees in nurse-midwifery and have passed a national certification exam. Midwives are present during the pregnancy and birth process, including prenatal care and education, labor and delivery, and post-partum care. Certified nurse-midwifes are authorized to write prescriptions and can order pain medications and epidurals if you need them.