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Are there any tips that you could give me about the process?

I want to know the process it takes to become a nurse midwife.

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Ann’s Answer

Nursing can be a great field to work in. There are a number of steps to become a nurse midwife. You will need to first get your RN. This can be done with an Associates or Bachelor's degree, though I recommend the Bachelor's of Nursing (BSN). Most hospitals need a certain number of nurses with BSNs to get certain funding, so there is a higher demand.

Once you complete your degree you will take an exam called the NCLEX to become a registered nurse. From there you will need to get 1 to 2 years in nursing experience before you are eligible to start your Master's degree.

You will them need your Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) next. Some students choose to become Nurse Practioners instead. Depending on the school and your state's requirements either could work.

Lastly, you will go on for a specialized advanced certification in midwifery. I hope this helps. Good luck!

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Check out this website for more infohttps://www.nursemidwifery.org/become-a-cnm
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Deborah’s Answer

Hi! Just to add onto Ann's answer above, the master's degree in nursing you obtain can be in midwifery. You'll need to pick a specialty for your master's degree and options can include midwifery, family, adult-gerontology acute or primary care, psychiatric mental health, and pediatric. If you obtain a master's degree in one specialty but later on decide to pursue a different specialty, you can obtain a post-master's certification for that specialty. Post-master's certification programs typically take 1-2 years to complete.
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Dr. Colette Forde’s Answer

Hi, there are three pathways to becoming a midwife.

1. The most common path remains becoming a registered nurse first and then entering a Nurse Midwifery program (you will then earn the title of Nurse Midwife). You will need a Masters degree to practice as a Nurse Midwife so most students take a Masters program where they specialize in becoming a Nurse Midwife. Once you graduate , you then have to apply to take the certification exam issued by ACNM (American College of Nurse Midwifery). You will not be able to practice as a Nurse Midwifery until you pass this certification exam. Note that most Nurse Midwives are now working towards obtaining a Doctorate or PhD (DNP Midwifery program) as the majority of professional nursing organizations support the DNP as the basic level of education required of all advance practice nurses.

2. There are certifications programs available in Nurse Midwifery but you must already have a Masters degree in nursing to enter these programs. (post Masters certification in Nurse Midwifery)

3. A newer option to becoming a Certified Midwife are Masters Direct Entry (MDE) Programs in Midwifery. These programs are a minimum of three-years, when attending a full-time program. You still have to pass the certification exam (ACNM) in order to practice as a Certified Midwife.

Professional licenses vary state by state so you will need to research your state to see if they accept the Masters option (CM - certified midwife) or if you have to become a registered nurse first (certified nurse midwife). Look into the website hosted by the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) as you will find more information there that will help guide you in your journey.

Good luck in your journey.

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