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What is the scope of autonomy you have as a CNM Nurse-Practitioner?

I am preparing to study to become a Nurse-Midwife at Emory University. The end of the journey is becoming a Nurse Practitioner with a dual focus in Nurse-Midwifery and Women's Health. I'd like to know how much of what I desire to do in my practice is actually possible (where does the line cross over into being an MD). #midwife #nursing #nursepractitioner

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Rachael’s Answer

Like all licensed nurses, a Certified Nurse Midwife's scope of practice is governed by the Board of Nursing and legislature in the state of practice/license. As with other types of Advanced Practice Nurses (APRNs), the breadth of what the CNM is allowed to do independently of physician oversight varies state to state. Are you planning on becoming licensed in Georgia? It looks like GA has one of the highest percentage of births attended by nurse midwives, which indicates they might have a greater degree of autonomy.

In general though, CNMs across the country provide prenatal & postnatal care, family planning services, and they deliver babies.
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Diana’s Answer

I am an adult geriatric NP. I work in a group that employs CNM. Our group tends to care and delivery with MD backup for csections and complex care like high risk pregnancy.

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