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Certified Nurse Midwife

 Daily Tasks
Midwives offer women compassionate, expert and personalized care for antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum care to low and moderate risk women in a busy, multi-specialty, collaborative practice. Midwives get to know each woman and her family and encourage the patient to be involved in establishing a plan of care to meet her needs.
 
 Skills/Talents
Nurse Midwifes need to be compassionate and encouraging; have leadership skills, self-confidence and analytical skills; excellent communication abilities and interpersonal skills are also essential. Must have decision-making and problem-solving skills, and possess a base knowledge of math and science.
 
 Work Setting
Work directly with patients within the hospital and clinical healthcare settings.
 
 Work Hours
Schedule may include a mix of 8 hour day shifts in the clinic and 12 hour hospital shifts which rotate between days and night; additionally 1 in 4 weekends.
 
 Education
Master's or Doctoral prepared graduate of an accredited school of nursing and midwifery program accredited by the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM).
 
 Qualifications

Must have a current Minnesota Registered Nurse license and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN--is a nurse with post-graduate education in nursing) license, current American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) certification and current Basic Life Support (BLS) and Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) certifications.

CenteringPregnancy training and first/third trimester limited ultrasonography course required withing the first year.

Active membership in the American College of Nurse Midwives. Experience teaching in the clinical setting. Additional certifications in Advanced Fetal Monitoring, Lactation consultation, and/or Surgical First Assistant.

 
 Recommended High School Classes
College prep, business, computer applications, food and nutrition, English composition, second language, health sciences, advanced sciences (biology and chemistry), anatomy/physiology, and psychology, sociology