Nurse-midwives provide primary healthcare to women needing gynecologic or maternity care. They serve in hospitals, clinics, private practice, and underserved areas all around the world. Nurse-midwives serve in ways such as:
- Assisting women in having fulfilling and peaceful birthing experiences with minimal interventions, or the knowledge of safe scientific procedures should they become necessary
- Starting or directing a nurse-midwifery practice
- Teaching midwifery in schools of nursing or public health, medical, or allied health settings
- Conducting clinical research
- Writing prescriptions in many states
- Helping to reduce the maternal and infant death rate in the U.S. and world
Visit the American College of Nurse Midwives website for more information on the variety of careers in the nurse-midwifery profession.