Certified nurse midwives provide care for pregnancy and well woman care beyond pregnancy. Here are a few interesting facts about midwifery in the US from the American College of Nurse Midwives.
There are thousands of midwives in the US delivering hundreds of thousands of babies a year.
- There were 11,194 CNMs (certified nurse midwives) and 97 CM (certified midwives without a nursing degree) in the country as of May 2014.
- There were In 2014, 332,107 midwife-attended births in the US, slightly more than in 2013. The vast majority ( > 90%) were attended by CNMs.
- Midwives account for 12.1% of all vaginal births, and 8.3% of total US births.
Midwives also provide womens health care outside of pregnancy
- CNMs are independent health care practitioners who are licensed and able to write prescriptions in all 50 states, including DC, Samoa, Guam and Puerto Rico.
- Federal law considers CNMs to be primary care providers
- Over half of midwives considered reproductive health care to be their primary responsibility and a third consider primary care as their main role.
Most midwives work in a hospital setting in collaboration with obstetricians
- Over 94% of midwife attended births occur in hospital settings
- Over half of midwives are employed by physician groups or hospitals
Midwifery care is usually covered by health insurance
- Medicaid programs as well as most states are required to cover deliveries attended by midwives
Midwives hold graduate degrees and are required to go through an accreditation process
- There are 39 training programs for nurse midwives in the US and they receive their accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME).
- 82% of CNMs hold a master’s degree; a graduate degree has been an entry requirement into midwifery since 2010.
- Almost 5% of CNMs hold doctoral degrees, the highest proportion of all groups of advanced practice nurses.