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Who are CNMs?

"CNM" stands for Certified Nurse-Midwife.​  Certified Nurse-Midwives are known for the services they provide during pregnancy and birth. 


Midwives also care for women and families from adolescence through the lifespan.  Visits to CNMs include maternal health, primary, and preventative care:

  • Obstetric care

  • Well-woman gynecology

  • Family planning

  • Nutrition counseling

  • Family planning

  • Management of common illnesses 

  • And more!


Among CNMs in practice, approximately 80% hold a Master's degree and 5% hold a doctoral degree. Click here to see CNM programs and requirements in California.

How are CNMs educated?

CNMs in California are registered nurses with additional hands-on and didactic education at least at the Master's level.  After completion of a two-year graduate program in Nurse-Midwifery, CNMs must pass national certification exams to practice in the United States.


Many Certified Nurse-Midwives have additional post-graduate education and serve in a variety of roles: 

  • Childbirth educator

  • Lactation consultant

  • Nurse Practitioner

  • Massage therapist

Where can I find a CNM?

If you are interested in primary, preventative, or maternal care with a Certified Nurse-Midwife, visit the American College of Nurse-Midwives database which host's around 4,000 midwifery practices.


For more information about Certified Nurse-Midwives, or to find a midwife, visit the ACNM Find a Midwife page.

​Certified Nurse-Midwives work in a variety of settings:

  • Private practices

  • Community health facilities

  • Clinics

  • Hospitals

  • Accredited birth centers.


PCI/Healthy Start

"Healthy Start provides free prenatal & childbirth education, postpartum and breastfeeding support with a focus on Black parents in San Diego County. Enrolled participants may access midwifery and doula services, and other resources. Health educators (“perinatal navigators”) provide home-based visits for families from the time they are pregnant until their child is 18 months old. To achieve maximum sustainability and culturally competent services, Healthy Start also engages in perinatal workforce development, training women from underserved populations to become childbirth educators, doulas, and lactation educators."

CNM contact:  Lisa Bain

Patient referral form, call us, or use the online link: 

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