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About our Nurse-Midwife Major

The University of Pittsburgh, School of Nursing is pleased to offer the Nurse-Midwife major within our nationally recognized DNP program. Nurse-midwives, part of the centuries-long tradition of midwifery, provide services to foster a supportive environment for women and families before, during, and after pregnancy, including well-woman care. This major will prepare graduates to sit for the national certification examination in Nurse-Midwifery and to apply for state licensure as a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) from appropriate state boards. It achieved pre-accreditation status from the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) in February 2016.

As a discipline, midwifery pre-dates hospitals; today, midwifery has evolved beyond caring for a woman during birth. CNMs provide routine prenatal and post-natal care, labor and birth care, and post-menopausal care. Nurse-midwives have secured satisfying and challenging employment in private practices, hospitals, birth centers, and health clinics. It is estimated that CNM-attended births account for 7% of all U.S. births in total.  Of these deliveries, approximately 97% occur in hospitals and 1.8% take place in freestanding birth centers. For more information about the profession, including salary and employment details, please visit the  American College of Nurse-Midwives website. 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates that the employment growth from 2012 to 2022 for CNMs will be 29%, which is much faster than the 19% growth projected for RNs. The growth in the CNM job market can be attributed to the effects of health care legislation and a stronger emphasis on preventative care. Plus, there is a rising national interest in more natural childbirth experiences. 

The Nurse-Midwife DNP is a practice-focused doctoral program that prepares Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) who will be leaders at the highest level of clinical practice. This major in Pitt Nursing’s DNP program will enable graduates to attend births in home, birth centers, and hospital settings; provide primary health care for women and newborns; promote, maintain, and restore health while diagnosing and managing health problems in women and childbearing families; participate in quality improvement efforts and lead in mobilizing community health resources.