Nurse Midwife  What They Do

Just the Facts


Provides advanced nursing care and education to obstetrical and gynecological patients.

This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Monitors fetal development by listening to fetal heartbeat, taking external uterine measurements, identifying fetal position, or estimating fetal size and weight.
  • Initiates emergency interventions to stabilize patients.
  • Provides prenatal, intrapartum, postpartum, or newborn care to patients.
  • Explains procedures to patients, family members, staff members or others.
  • Develops and implements individualized plans for health care management.
  • Orders and interprets diagnostic or laboratory tests.
  • Educates patients and family members regarding prenatal, intrapartum, postpartum, newborn, or interconceptional care.
  • Documents patients' health histories, symptoms, physical conditions, or other diagnostic information.
  • Documents findings of physical examinations.
  • Writes information in medical records or provides narrative summaries to communicate patient information to other health care providers.

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Exposed to disease and infections more than once a month through work such as patient care, laboratory work, and sanitation control
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Rotating shift work
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) --