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What major would i choose if i wanted to become a nurse midwife?

Although it's probably still early, i am a sophomore i am high school, i've been invited into a program that is basically setting me up in the top universities/colleges and i've been doing research. I'm still a bit confused on majors and stuff like that but just know the basics will help a lot! Thank you! college university science double-major entrepreneurship physics nursing midwife

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John’s Answer

Joselyn a nurse midwife can be a woman's primary care provider, particularly from puberty through middle age. In their practices, nurse-midwives focus on reproductive and gynecologic health, pregnancy and childbirth. They provide services like gynecological exams, prenatal care, family planning guidance, delivery support and neonatal care. Effective nurse-midwives are compassionate, responsible and capable of managing stress. Nurse midwives work in hospitals, private practices, birthing centers and home birth services. They must maintain their state-level RN licensure, and, in some cases, they must hold additional certification or licensure to work as an advanced practice nurse. Nurse-midwives can pursue the Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) credential through the American Midwifery Certification Board.

Getting licensed as a nurse midwife first requires the candidate first become a registered nurse. This usually involves obtaining a bachelor's degree in nursing from an accredited nursing college. Nursing degree programs typically require certain prerequisites in the first two years of coursework, including chemistry and biology, prior to beginning the nursing curriculum. The final two years of the program incorporate nursing courses in family and community health, nursing practice science, and ethics. The curriculum also incorporates clinical rotations in major health disciplines under the supervision of a preceptor. Midwife degree programs generally require applicants to have a history of academic excellence in their undergraduate programs. Applicants generally need to have maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA, especially in science courses and core courses of the nursing degree.

Before RNs can enroll in a midwifery degree program, they must typically acquire relevant experience in midwifery or women's health. Admission boards might prefer applicants with at least one year of registered nursing experience. Working in a labor and delivery ward in a hospital is one way to obtain the kind of experience midwifery programs prefer. A women's clinic can also provide appropriate experience in women's health care. Licensing as a nurse midwife typically requires completion of a graduate program in midwifery that's accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education. Graduate degree programs in midwifery let students advance their midwife skills both academically and clinically. Most programs are two years in length and confer a master's degree. Courses include all aspects of pregnancy and birth, physical and pelvic assessments, neonatology, postpartum care, and clinical practice. Graduates of state-approved or accredited professional nursing programs can generally apply to take the state examination for licensure as an RN. State requirements vary, and some states offer alternative demonstrations of competence for graduates of schools that aren't state-approved. Generally, a registered nurse who holds a license in one state can apply for licensure in another state by endorsement rather than taking each state's examination.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicted that the number of jobs for nurse-midwives would grow 16% from 2018-2028, which is significantly faster than average ( The BLS went on to note that nurse-midwives likely would be in high demand in rural and inner-city areas during the same period. The average Certified Nurse Midwife salary in the United States is $111,000 as of October 28, 2020, but the range typically falls between $102,250 and $126,000. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession.

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I appreciate the fast and very informative answer! Now i will do more research. Thank you! Joselyn S.

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Celeste’s Answer

I think that it is so great that you are setting up your future so young! I am currently a senior at my university with a double major and it was a bit confusing at first to me too. If you would like to pursue a career in nursing I would recommend majoring in science or stem related field. For example, biology, kinesiology etc. When you pick a major the rest of your college courses will be dedicated or followed by a plan relating to this major specifically. So you will take gen ed courses with possibly a mix of your major classes. So if you major in biology you will take about 10-15 biology classes and then get your degree in Biology.

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Lorraine’s Answer

You'll want to do some research and find a college / university that has a program for a BS in nursing that leads to a RN. You can't apply to nursing school (typically) until you've completed some life science prerequisites, but if you are in an accelerated learning high school, you might be able to complete that before you finish high school. If you get a scholarship to a private school that's great, but I would not pay private tuition for a nursing degree when plenty of excellent state university programs exist. If you still want to be a nurse mid-wife after you've started college, this might require a MS degree in nursing or nurse practitioner degree. I would do an internet search when that is relevant to find a program you like. Best wishes!