Midwives sometimes called “nurse midwives” “certified nurse midwives” (CNMs) or “licensed midwives” provide prenatal care throughout a woman’s pregnancy. They take the expectant mothers’ medical history and monitor their progress ordering lab tests and performing exams when necessary. If they detect problems either before during or after the baby is born they make referrals to physicians. With regard to the actual delivery of the baby midwives may take charge when there are no anticipated complications in the birthing process but sometimes they work alongside a medical doctor or medical team. Midwives also provide post-partum follow-up often giving advice to women and their families on infant care. Some midwives care for women who are not pregnant performing annual exams or providing other health-related services. Many midwives work in a clinical setting but they can also teach university courses or conduct research on women’s health issues. Midwives work in hospitals or other medical facilities but some see patients in their own offices. The website httpcareers.stateuniversity.com says that certified midwives must complete all educational requirements for becoming a registered nurse through an accredited program after which they can be certified by the American College of Nurse-Midwives. In contrast licensed midwives must graduate from midwifery school which is available only in a select number of states after which they must pass a licensing exam. Lay midwives have no certification. Insurance reimbursement for midwife services depends upon the state and the insurance company. The pay they receive varies widely depending on geographical location where they are employed and their experience and credentials. The website httpcareers.stateuniversity.com reports that midwives earn an average annual salary of $76400.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $76400
High Salary: $86400
Low Salary: $66400
Tasks: Provides support and guidance to women giving birth.
Monitors the development of fetuses.
Works on birthing plans with clients.
Gives advice and moral support to women before, during and after childbirth.
Also Called: Certified Nurse-Midwife
Women's Health Care Provider
Birthing Coach
Delivery Room Nurse
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