Nearly 12,000 certified nurse midwives, commonly called CNMs, practice in the U.S., according to 2017 stats from the College of Nurse-Midwives. CNMs spent 86 percent of their time providing primary and reproductive care.
Most CNMs have bachelor’s and graduate degrees, and some have doctoral degrees. They also complete a midwifery education program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education and pass examinations to earn designation as a certified nurse-midwife.
In South Carolina, CNMs are certified as advanced practice registered nurses, meaning they can write prescriptions and see patients for any number of reasons. From routine primary and gynecologic care, CNMs also offer family planning assistance, preconception guidance and care during all stages of pregnancy and childbirth.