Projected Growth: Much faster than average
Projected Job Openings
Extensive Preparation Needed
Your job is to Diagnose and coordinate all aspects of the birthing process, either independently or as part of a healthcare team. May provide well-woman gynecological care. Must have specialized, graduate nursing education.
Common job titles of Nurse Midwives include:
Experience and Education
Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
78.38% said they needed a Master's Degree.
10.81% said they needed a Post-Master's Certificate.
Perform physical examinations by taking vital signs, checking neurological reflexes, examining breasts, or performing pelvic examinations.
Prescribe medications as permitted by state regulations.
Provide primary health care, including pregnancy and childbirth, to women.
Educate patients and family members regarding prenatal, intrapartum, postpartum, newborn, or interconception care.
Document patients' health histories, symptoms, physical conditions, or other diagnostic information.
Document findings of physical examinations.
Write information in medical records or provide narrative summaries to communicate patient information to other health care providers.
Order and interpret diagnostic or laboratory tests.
Develop and implement individualized plans for health care management.
Provide prenatal, intrapartum, postpartum, or newborn care to patients.
Explain procedures to patients, family members, staff members or others.
Monitor fetal development by listening to fetal heartbeat, taking external uterine measurements, identifying fetal position, or estimating fetal size and weight.
Provide patients with direct family planning services, such as inserting intrauterine devices, dispensing oral contraceptives, and fitting cervical barriers, including cervical caps or diaphragms.
Read current literature, talk with colleagues, or participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in midwifery.
Manage newborn care during the first weeks of life.
Initiate emergency interventions to stabilize patients.
Consult with or refer patients to appropriate specialists when conditions exceed the scope of practice or expertise.
Plan, provide, or evaluate educational programs for nursing staff, health care teams, or the community.
Establish practice guidelines for specialty areas such as primary health care of women, care of the childbearing family, and newborn care.
Conduct clinical research on topics such as maternal or infant health care, contraceptive methods, breastfeeding, and gynecological care.
Vaginal ultrasound probes
Vaginal exam specula
Umbilical cord scissors
Umbilical cord clamps
Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS equipment
Straight needle holders
Specimen collection containers
Protective face shields
Personal digital assistants PDA
Oxygen nasal cannulae
Oxygen delivery masks
Medical measuring tapes
Intravenous IV administration equipment
Infant oxygen masks
Fetal heart rate monitors
Fetal doppler units
Evacuated blood collection containers
Digital medical thermometers
Curved needle holders
Blood drawing syringes
Bag valve mask BVM resuscitators
Acrendo Medical Software Ob/Gyn EMR
Allscripts Professional EHR
Bizmatics PrognoCIS EMR
digiChart OB-GYNAll Technologies
GE Healthcare Centricity EMR
Greenway Medical Technologies PrimeSUITE
MicroFour PracticeStudio.NET EMR
NextGen Healthcare Information Systems EMR
Practice Partner Total Practice Partner
StatCom Patient Flow Logistics Enterprise Suite
Texas Medical Software SpringCharts EMR
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Actively looking for ways to help people.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Teaching others how to do something.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression
Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity
Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning
Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning
Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression