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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.  First-time pass rate for the years 2010-2013 was 93%.
  • 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
  • US Armed Forces

Students’ project, theses, and 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)

Midwifery Faculty


The University of Washington Nurse-Midwifery Program is fully accredited by the ACNM Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910-6374; Tel: 240-485-1802,, email contact for ACME: Jaime Sampson, Administrative Assistant,