Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) Facts:
- A Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) is an individual educated in the two disciplines of nursing and midwifery, who possesses evidence of certification according to the requirements of the American College of Nurse Midwives.” ACNM 1992
- CNM practice is the “…management of women’s health care, focusing particularly on pregnancy, childbirth, the postpartum period, care of the newborn, and the family planning and gynecologic needs of women. The CNM practices within a health care system that provides for consultation, collaborative management, or referral as indicated by the health status of the patient.” ACNM 1992
- Advanced training in midwifery is obtained through university graduate programs.
- Nurse midwives pass a comprehensive exam for certification.
- Nurse-midwives are legal in all 50 states and practice in Illinois is in accordance with the Illinois Nursing and Advanced Practice Nursing Act of 1998.