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)