Nurse Midwives
SOC: 29-1161.00


Diagnose and coordinate all aspects of the birthing process, either independently or as part of a healthcare team. May provide well-woman gynecological care. Must have specialized, graduate nursing education.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
5,300 employed

Projected (2024):
6,600 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Certified Midwife
  • Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
  • Certified Nurse-Midwife
  • Certified Professional Midwife
  • Clinical Site Coordinator and Supervisor
  • Direct-Entry Midwife
  • Nurse Midwife
  • Nurse Midwife/Clinical Instructor
  • Registered Nurse Midwife
  • Senior Instructor, Certified Nurse Midwife
  • Staff Certified Nurse Midwife
  • Staff Midwife
  • Staff Nurse Midwife
  • Staff Nurse-Midwife

  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed


    Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.


    Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

    Job Training:

    Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Educate patients and family members regarding prenatal, intrapartum, postpartum, newborn, or interconceptional care.
  • Provide prenatal, intrapartum, postpartum, or newborn care to patients.
  • Document patients' health histories, symptoms, physical conditions, or other diagnostic information.
  • Monitor fetal development by listening to fetal heartbeat, taking external uterine measurements, identifying fetal position, or estimating fetal size and weight.
  • Perform physical examinations by taking vital signs, checking neurological reflexes, examining breasts, or performing pelvic examinations.
  • Consult with or refer patients to appropriate specialists when conditions exceed the scope of practice or expertise.
  • Develop and implement individualized plans for health care management.
  • Document findings of physical examinations.
  • Explain procedures to patients, family members, staff members or others.
  • Initiate emergency interventions to stabilize patients.
  • Manage newborn care during the first weeks of life.
  • Provide primary health care, including pregnancy and childbirth, to women.
  • Order and interpret diagnostic or laboratory tests.
  • Prescribe medications as permitted by state regulations.
  • Provide patients with direct family planning services such as inserting intrauterine devices, dispensing oral contraceptives, and fitting cervical barriers including cervical caps or diaphragms.
  • Write information in medical records or provide narrative summaries to communicate patient information to other health care providers.
  • Conduct clinical research on topics such as maternal or infant health care, contraceptive methods, breastfeeding, and gynecological care.
  • Establish practice guidelines for specialty areas such as primary health care of women, care of the childbearing family, and newborn care.
  • Read current literature, talk with colleagues, or participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in midwifery.
  • Plan, provide, or evaluate educational programs for nursing staff, health care teams, or the community.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Allis clamps
  • Baby scales
  • Bag valve mask BVM resuscitators
  • Blood drawing syringes
  • Bulb syringes
  • Colposcopes
  • Curved forceps
  • Curved hemostats
  • Curved needle holders
  • Digital medical thermometers
  • Episiotomy scissors
  • Evacuated blood collection containers
  • Fetal doppler units
  • Fetal heart rate monitors
  • Hypodermic syringes
  • Infant oxygen masks
  • Infant warmers
  • Intravenous IV administration equipment
  • Lancets
  • Laptop computers
  • Mechanical stethoscopes
  • Medical measuring tapes
  • Medical scales
  • Microscope slides
  • Mosquito forceps
  • Obstetrical forceps
  • Oxygen concentrators
  • Oxygen delivery masks
  • Oxygen flowmeters
  • Oxygen nasal cannulae
  • Personal computers
  • Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Protective face shields
  • Reflex hammers
  • Ring forceps
  • Specimen collection containers
  • Sphygmomanometers
  • Straight hemostats
  • Straight needle holders
  • Suction catheters
  • Surgical gloves
  • Surgical scissors
  • Suturing kits
  • Tissue forceps
  • Tourniquets
  • Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS equipment
  • Umbilical cord clamps
  • Umbilical cord scissors
  • Urinary catheters
  • Vaginal exam specula
  • Vaginal ultrasound probes
  • Acrendo Medical Software Ob/Gyn EMR
  • Allscripts Professional EHR
  • Amkai AmkaiCharts
  • Bizmatics PrognoCIS EMR
  • Cerner Millennium
  • ChartWare software
  • digiChart OB-GYN
  • e-MDs software
  • eClinicalWorks software
  • GE Healthcare Centricity EMR
  • Greenway Medical Technologies PrimeSUITE
  • Medscribbler Enterprise
  • MicroFour PracticeStudio.NET EMR
  • Microsoft Office software
  • NextGen Healthcare Information Systems EMR
  • Practice Partner Total Practice Partner
  • SOAPware software
  • StatCom Patient Flow Logistics Enterprise Suite
  • SynaMed EMR
  • Texas Medical Software SpringCharts EMR

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    industry stats

    SOC: 29-0000

    Total Employed: 8,021,800

    Average Annual Salary: $77,800