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.