What Is a Nurse Midwife?

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A nurse midwife is someone who is already licensed as an RN, and who has experience in labor and delivery before going to school for two to three years to become a nurse midwife. Learn about the exam that a nurse midwife must pass 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'm a labor and delivery nurse and going to talk to you about what a Nurse Midwife is. A Nurse Midwife is someone who already has an RN, usually has some experience in labor and delivery, and goes to school for two or three years to become a Nurse Midwife and has an apprenticeship program, at least a year long, then takes an exam, which is offered by the American College of Nurse Midwives, and then becomes certified. Then a Nurse Midwife does well-women exams and delivers babies and does post-partum checkups and does all the pre-natal and post-natal care of a woman. A Nurse Midwife usually has a doctor that backs up her management, in case of emergency. There's usually a dula, like for a delivery, there's usually a dula, who's a coach, a birthing coach, and then usually there's two Nurse Midwives at the birth to kind of help each other out. This is what a Nurse Midwife is.

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