Becoming a Midwife in New Jersey – NJ
By Bonnie Walker, allied health world contributing writer
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Becoming a midwife in New Jersey entails successfully completing an educational program in midwifery that has been accredited by the American College of Nurse-Midwives Division of Accreditation. To become a certified nurse-midwife, you must first obtain a nursing degree before pursing your midwifery education. A nursing degree is not required to become a certified midwife. However, New Jersey requires graduate level training in midwifery for those who seek certification either as a certified nurse-midwife or a certified midwife. All candidates for certification, whether they seek to become certified nurse-midwives or certified midwives, must take and pass the national certification examination administered by the American Midwifery Certification Board.
Accredited educational programs in midwifery include a number of master’s level graduate programs and post-baccalaureate certificate programs. Some midwifery programs may be taken online, although a number of courses may require hands-on application of practice skills in a clinical setting that may or may not involve pursuing an internship or apprenticeship with an experienced and certified midwife or nurse-midwife.
Typical courses included in the curriculum of a nurse-midwifery program include human anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, physical assessment, women’s healthcare issues, embryology and genetics, antenatal care, postpartum and newborn care, well-woman and maternity care, intrapartum care, perinatal complications, and healthcare counseling.