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See main article Midwifery This article is outdated. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. Please see the talk page for more information. (July 2010) In the United States, a Certified Nurse-Midwife ("CNM") is an Advanced Practice Nurse who has specialized education and training in both Nursing and Midwifery. CNM's function as primary healthcare providers for women and most often provide medical care for relatively healthy women, whose birth is considered uncomplicated and not "high risk," as well as their neonate. Certified Nurse-Midwives, in most states, are required to possess a minimum of a graduate degree such as the Master of Science in Nursing, or Post-Master's Certificate. By 2010, all Certified Nurse Midwives will be required to hold a graduate (Masters) degree.[1] Most recently, the first Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program has become available for Certified Nurse-Midwives and will graduate its first class in May 2010.[citation needed] Additionally, Certified Nurse Midwives must also hold an active Registered Nurse license in the state in which they practice. Certified Nurse Midwives practice in hospitals and medical clinics, and may also deliver in birthing centers and attend at-home births. They are able to prescribe some medications, treatments, medical devices, therapeutic and diagnostic measures, et al. in all 50 states. CNMs, while their specific scope of practice will vary depending on which state they are licensed to practice, in most states they provide medical care to women from puberty through menopause, including care for their newborn (neonatology), antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum and nonsurgical gynecological care.[2] In some states, CNMs may also provide care to the male partner, in areas of sexually transmitted diseases and reproductive health, of their female patients.[3] Certified Nurse Midwives may work closely, or in collaboration, with an Obstetrician & Gynecologist, who provides consultation and/or assistance to patients who develop complications or have complex medical histories or disease(s). Often, women with high risk pregnancies can receive the benefits of midwifery care from a Certified Nurse Midwife in collaboration with a physician. Currently 2% of nurse-midwives are men. The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) accredits Certified Nurse-Midwifery education programs and serves as the national specialty society for the nation's Certified Nurse Midwives. Midwife means "with woman" and thus is the mantra for the ACNM, "With women for a lifetime". The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) estimates that soon, one in ten babies in the U.S. will be delivered by certified nurse-midwives. Worldwide, midwives deliver more than two-thirds of births.[citation needed] See also Nursing portal Mary Breckenridge Founder of Frontier Nursing Service Nurse Nursing Nurse Practitioner Advanced practice nurse Midwifery Childbirth Doula References ^ http://www.midwife.org/siteFiles/position/Mandatory_Degree_Requirements_3.06.pdf ^ http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/049/chapter18/s18.4.html ^ http://www.osbn.state.or.us/OSBN/pdfs/npa/Div50.pdf External links The American College of Nurse-Midwives American Midwifery Certification Board v · d · e Nursing Levels of Practice Generalists Licensed practical nurse  • Registered nurse  • Clinical nurse leader Advanced Practice Clinical nurse specialist  • Nurse midwife  • Nurse practitioner  • Nurse anesthetist Nurse education and licensure NCLEX  • Nursing school  • Diploma in Nursing  • Associate of Science in Nursing  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing  • Master of Science in Nursing  • Doctorate in Nursing  • Nurse Licensure Compact  • Nursing credentials and certifications Specialties and areas of practice Ambulatory care  • Cardiac  • Critical care  • Emergency  • Faith community  • Flight  • Geriatrics  • Home health  • Hyperbaric  • Legal nurse consultant  • Maternal-child  • Medical-surgical  • Midwifery  • Military practice  • Neonatal  • Nurse educator  • Nursing management  • Obstetrics  • Oncology  • Orthopedics  • Palliative care  • Pediatrics  • Perianesthesia  • Perioperative  • Psychiatry and mental health  • School nursing  • Private duty nursing  • WOCN Nursing process Nursing process  • Nursing assessment  • Nursing diagnosis  • Nursing care plan Nursing classification systems Nursing Minimum Data Set (NMDS)  • NANDA  • Nursing Outcomes Classification  • Nursing Interventions Classification Miscellaneous Bullying in nursing  • Nursing theory  • Timeline of nursing history  • Nurse-led clinic  • Men in nursing  • List of nursing organizations  • Nursing journals  • List of nurses  • Nurse-client relationship  • Nursing credentials and certifications  • Evidence-based nursing This nursing-related article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.v · d · e