Katherine S Puls, CNM

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What is a Nurse Midwife?

Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) are licensed health care practitioners educated in the disciplines of nursing and midwifery. They provide primary health care to women of childbearing age, including:

According to the American College of Nurse Midwives, CNMs attend about 9% of the births in the United States. 96% of these births were in hospitals.

The Philosophy of Nurse Midwifery

The philosophy of nurse midwifery care "is focused on the needs of the individual and family for physical care, emotional and social support and active involvement of significant others according to cultural values and personal preferences."

Kathy belives that a nurse midwife's role is to provide safe and supportive care to women throughout their lifecycle. This means providing physical care, monitoring the well-being of mother and baby, recommending interventions if needed, and providing this physical care in an emotionally supportive manner, attentive to the social and cultural needs of the family.

Educational Background

Certified nurse midwives (CNMs) must graduate from an accredited education program and pass a rigorous certification exam. These programs are offered at 44 universities in the United States and Puerto Rico and are accredited by the American College of Nurse Midwives. These education programs are post baccalaureate programs and offer either a certificate, masters degree, nursing doctorate, or Ph.D.