What Are Midwife (CNM) Hours Like?
A certified nurse midwife (CNM) is an advanced practice nurse who cares for women's reproductive health and support during childbirth. They manage and perform routine health screenings, treat specific gynecological disorders, and provide family planning education and treatment. CNMs also can deliver babies and provide direct care to newborns following delivery.
The hours a certified nurse midwife works vary depending on the organization, facility, or practice group, as well as their preference. Some can work 8-hour days, 40 hours a week in the clinic. Some may work 10 or 12-hour shifts in the hospital. Some may work both shifts during a work week.
Additionally, since childbirth is unpredictable, and babies are not always born during business hours, some CNMs may also be on call for 24-hour periods of time. A shift could be incredibly busy with laboring mothers, or an entire shift can go by without one admission. CNMs must also be prepared to work overnight shifts as well.
Because of the variable shifts available, certified nurse midwives should visit the organization's website or speak with a manager or HR department before applying, as each CNM has different scheduling needs. Most facilities are flexible in their scheduling, but nurse midwives should conduct a little research beforehand.