Have you ever considered a rewarding career as a certified nurse-midwife? At Stratford University, graduates from our nursing program obtain the sound clinical knowledge, interdisciplinary insight, and a holistic approach to patient care that is necessary to become a certified nurse-midwife. By earning your bachelor of science in nursing, you will have the knowledge, education and skills required for midwife training. While having a nursing degree is not required to become a midwife, only registered nurses can become certified nurse-midwives. Let’s take a look at how a nursing degree can help your midwife career.
The most common path to becoming a certified nurse-midwife is to obtain a bachelor of science in nursing, and then complete an accredited master of science in nursing program with a concentration in midwifery. Stratford University’s nursing program prepares students for certified nurse midwifery programs by placing emphasis on innovation, science and theory of nursing, advancing the use of emerging healthcare technology, and a commitment to producing dedicated patient advocates.
The objectives of the bachelor of science in nursing program are to utilize theory and evidence-based practice to provide safe, quality, patient-centered care, to teach care of patients by using clinical judgment, critical thinking, and knowledge of best practices, and to be eligible for licensure. All graduates are prepared for future study at midwife training universities.
Although it is not necessary to be a registered nurse to become a midwife, you must have a BSN to become a certified nurse-midwife. A CNM is the most prestigious education level for a midwife with an MSN degree. Certified midwives and certified professional midwives have less education and training, and therefore are not as ideal for employment as their CNM counterparts. Not all states grant licensure for certified midwives or certified professional midwives. However, all 50 states grant licensure for certified nurse-midwives. Certified nurse-midwives can also provide gynecological healthcare as well as prenatal and postpartum healthcare.
With the recent advent of the second-child policy in China, there is growing demand and desire from expectant mothers to move away from the common voluntary cesarean and move toward more natural childbirths. Parents are seeking more control over their prenatal care and childbirth plan. This growing demand has translated into a need for more certified nurse-midwives, opening up exciting career opportunities for our students. Our programs are designed to prepare our graduates for the nursing profession, leadership roles, and subsequent certified nurse midwife programs. Certified nurse-midwives can enjoy a rewarding, lifelong career in physicians offices, hospitals, private practice or clinics, or seek career advancement through obtaining a doctoral degree and work in higher education, training the next generation of certified nurse-midwives.
Whether you’re ready to launch your bachelor of science in nursing or to add a bachelor of science to your nursing license, Stratford University’s expert admissions team can help find the best route for you, your goals, and your experience. We offer small classes, with favorable student-to-teacher ratios that encourage collaboration and the sharing of knowledge between instructors and students. Our facilities are equipped with the latest in simulation technology to enable training on a broad range of healthcare procedures, emergencies, and assessments. With flexible class times offered days, nights and weekends, several start times throughout the year, and some courses available online, we can help fit your education needs into your busy schedule.