Nurse-Midwifery (NM)

What is a Nurse-Midwife?

A nurse-midwife may do many different things:

  • stay with a woman during a long labor and deliver her baby into her arms
  • listen to a new mother’s concerns about breastfeeding
  • help women find their best choice in contraception and then prescribe it
  • help new families grow in health during prenatal care, and
  • make every moment a teaching moment

Midwives approach women’s health care, pregnant or not, as normal life events and provide personalized care to empower women and families.

Why Study Midwifery at UW?

  • We have been training nurse-midwives since 1993.
  • We are partnered with more than 20 community sites across Puget Sound and the Northwest.
  • Our emphasis is evidence-based practice and leadership, with access to top nursing and midwifery researchers on faculty.
  • We are part of a large public university, with access to other professions including medicine, global health and public health.
  • We provide multiple degree options including: Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP), and post-graduate certificate.
  • Distance learning is available with many classes meeting on campus three times a quarter.
  • The graduation rate for students who matriculated in 2010 (full-time and part time) was 93%.  Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the certification exam offered by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB).  First-time pass rate for the years 2010-2013 was 93% and second-time pass rate was 100%.
  • Program Philosophy
  • Program Purpose & Objectives

Our Graduates Work In:

  • Birthing centers
  • Collaborative practices with physicians
  • International health
  • Midwifery and medical education
  • Planned Parenthood clinics
  • Private practice midwifery services
  • Underserved areas
  • U.S. Armed Forces

Student Projects, Theses & Capstones from Recent Years

  • Principles for Practice: An Evidence Base for Engaging Fathers in Prenatal Care (Jennifer Hamblett)
  • Postpartum Sexuality: Improving First-Time Mothers' Experience through Anticipatory Guidance (Samantha Evans)
  • Maternal Choice Cesareans – an Ethical Quagmire (Sky Rogers)
  • Nitrous Oxide as Labor Analgesia in the US: A Proposed KAP Study (Leslie Schear)