Certified nurse-midwives are advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) who are experts in pregnancy care for average-risk women before, during and after pregnancy. Midwives are trained in a wellness-based, high-touch, low-intervention manner to provide a more personalized approach to patient care. In the hospital, CNMs manage labor, attend vaginal births and may assist with cesarean births performed by physicians.
In the state of Pennsylvania, CNMs are regulated by the State Board of Medicine and they are required to maintain both their registered nurse (RN) license as well as their certified nurse midwifery (CNM) license. Both licenses have requirements for renewal every two years, requiring continuing education in OB-GYN topics as well as pharmacology. In addition, after they fulfill their graduate education from a certified nurse midwifery program, they are required to pass a national board exam by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB). All CNMs at LVHN have both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree, and some have earned doctoral degrees.
Our CNMs collaborate with our team of obstetricians and gynecologists (OB-GYN) to provide patients with the best, safest, evidenced-based care.