Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)

A certified nurse midwife provides not only maternity care, but also general health care throughout a woman’s lifespan. These services can include:

  • care for pregnancy, labor and birth
  • general health care services
  • annual gynecologic exams
  • family planning needs
  • treatment of sexually transmitted infections
  • care during teenage years
  • menopause care

What does a midwife do?

During pregnancy, midwives provide personalized prenatal and newborn care through a comprehensive, family-centered approach that is tailored to meet the needs of each woman and her baby. Typically, women with an expected healthy pregnancy will choose a midwife.

Midwives work in many different settings, including hospitals, medical offices and clinics. Approximately 95 percent of certified nurse midwife-attended births occur in hospitals.

Midwives work closely with obstetricians and other members of the health care team to provide specialized care should complications arise during pregnancy, labor or delivery. Midwives maintain the best conditions possible for a safe and healthy outcome for all involved. Certified nurse midwives can assist with both natural delivery and traditional childbirth, including medically managed pain relief.

Many insurance providers, including private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, managed care programs, and military and federal employee health plans cover midwife services. Contact your insurance provider to learn details of your coverage.

Education and training

All Beaumont certified nurse midwives are registered nurses with graduate education in midwifery from a program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education. They have also passed the national certification exam of the American Midwifery Certification Board.