Become a Midwife

  • Practice environment in NJ:

Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) and Certified Midwives (CMs) have accredited graduate education, received the same national certification, and possess identical scope of practice.

In New Jersey, CNMs and CMs are considered independent providers and are licensed and regulated by the Board of Medical Examiners. CNMs have prescriptive authority, meaning they can prescribe a full range of medications and order tests. Currently, CMs do not have prescriptive authority in NJ but can order tests such as laboratories, ultrasounds, and imaging studies following clinical practice guidelines. The ACNM NJ Affiliate is working toward approval of prescriptive privileges for CMs in NJ.

Most CNMs work in hospitals or as part of a collaborative practice alongside physicians. Some CNMs provide care in free-standing birth centers and home births. There are also independent midwifery practices in New Jersey, which have agreements with hospitals or physicians when consultation or collaboration is needed. CMs provide outpatient midwifery care in clinics and private offices and inpatient care in hospitals after receiving a waiver to attend vaginal deliveries from the NJ Department of Health. Current midwifery regulation does not include CMs regarding care in birth centers.

Join ACNM

Find a Preceptor

Many of our Affiliate members are Faculty members of midwifery programs and also clinical preceptors. Log into your Connect account and leave your contact information in the closed discussion group titled “Find a Preceptor”. A potential preceptor may reach out to you!

Find a Mentor

The ACNM NJ Affiliate has launched a 1-year Mentorship Program for new graduates or student members.
Purpose: To connect student or new graduate midwives with experienced midwives and foster support, encouragement, skill development, and the advancement of evidence-based practice. To build community and develop relationships between midwives practicing in New Jersey.
If you are interested in applying to this program, contact
Jasmine McCracken at mccrackenjas@gmail.com or
Metta Cahill at mettacnm@aol.com

Steps After Graduation

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