How to Become a Nurse Midwife

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In order to become a nurse midwife, a person must go to school for about two years, and then they must take part in a year-long apprenticeship. Learn about the American College of Nurse Midwifes board exam with help from a labor and delivery nurse in this free video on nursing and midwifery.

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My name is Josie Minks and I am a labor and delivery nurse and I'm going to talk about how to become a Nurse Midwife. There are about twenty programs in the United States. There are, I think, three offered online. The others are, like, you have to go to the school. And, it's about two years full-time and three years part-time with a year long apprenticeship, at least a year long apprenticeship. And then you would take the American College of Nurse Midwife's board exam to be certified and then you are able to practice as a Nurse Midwife, which is very different from a lay Midwife, which has about two years of schooling, without a nursing degree beforehand. So, most nursing degrees are either a two or a three year associates degree, or a four-year bachelor's degree. And, usually you have some experience as a labor-and-delivery nurse before you become a Nurse Midwife. And so then, once you have your RN degree and some experience, then usually you can go and get your Nurse Midwife certification. And that is how you become a Nurse Midwife.

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