Are you interested in joining students from a variety of professional backgrounds, sharing perspectives and valuing what each other brings to the educational experience? Do you want to gain hands-on clinical learning in a variety of settings? Vanderbilt’s program with a stellar reputation, supportive faculty and a broadly diverse student population offers opportunities to work alongside certified nurse-midwives in settings both in and out of the hospital.
What Will You Do as a Certified Nurse-Midwife?
Midwives have been part of the human experience since ancient times. The English translation of midwife is “with woman.” Today, the word indicates a philosophy of care that focuses on the specific needs of women, offers a variety of options and minimizes unnecessary intervention. As a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM), you will be a skilled health care professional who provides primary health care to women, with emphasis on health promotion, education and disease prevention. You will provide preconception counseling, care during pregnancy and childbirth, immediate newborn care, gynecological services and care of the peri-menopausal and post-menopausal woman. You will consult, collaborate with and refer to other health care providers as indicated. Health education will be a primary focus of your relationship with patients, as you help women prevent problems and assist in developing and maintaining good health habits.
Where Will You Practice?
Both during your educational experience at Vanderbilt and upon graduation and certification as a nurse-midwife, you will have opportunities to practice in a variety of urban and rural settings, including:
- OB-GYN Clinics
- Private OB-GYN Practices
- Public Health Clinics
- Birthing Centers
- Other Settings
How Will Vanderbilt Prepare You for Practice?
Vanderbilt’s innovative and supportive Nurse-Midwifery faculty will help prepare you to be a primary health care provider to women and newborns through first-rate experiences in and out of the classroom. Didactic classes provide you with a rich theoretical and research-based foundation. Advanced technologies and nursing informatics enhance your experiences in our state-of-the-art laboratories and various clinical settings, as well as through innovative teaching and learning tools. Rotations to different clinical settings create a broad-based exposure to real-world learning and to the strengths and knowledge of various expert preceptors. Vanderbilt School of Nursing also encourages and supports your involvement in the national nurse-midwifery organization and helps prepare you for the business of health care as well as your role in the system of health care locally, nationally and internationally.
Nurse-Midwifery Faculty Practice
The Vanderbilt Nurse-Midwifery Faculty Practice at Vanderbilt University Medical Center provides a complete range of OB-GYN women’s health services. Our nurse-midwives are clinical faculty members at Vanderbilt School of Nursing. Visit our site to learn more.
The Vanderbilt Nurse-Midwifery program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (formerly ACNM Division of Accreditation). For information:
Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education
8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910-6374
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-0498