New Mexico State Affiliate

Certified nurse midwives around New Mexico are an integral part of the health care system in our state. We provide evidenced-based, individualized care to women throughout their lifespan. We value the natural life processes that women experience and believe that medical intervention should only happen when absolutely necessary. Certified nurse midwives’ practice in a variety of roles from academia, research, hospital- based, private practice to community outreach. Certified nurse midwives provide health care that incorporates appropriate consultation, collaborative management, and/or referral, as indicated by the health status of the individual. Many certified nurse midwives have expanded their practices to include limited obstetrical sonography, colposcopy, and cesarean first assist. Our educational backgrounds are diverse and vast. Our training and commitment to shared decision making with our patients, have enabled us to provide the most optimal health care and have improved maternal and neonatal outcomes.

Midwifery practice is based on the Core Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice, the Standards for the Practice of Midwifery, the Philosophy of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, and the Code of Ethics developed and disseminated by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM).

Certified nurse midwives are continually striving to improve maternal and fetal outcomes through ongoing research. We empower women through education, support and a mutually respected patient/provider relationship. Certified nurse midwives are a valuable resource to our health care system and to women throughout New Mexico and the United States.