Nurse-Midwife/Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (CNM/WHNP)

Overview

Despite the most advanced medical technology in the world, the United States has higher rates of maternal and infant mortality compared to many countries that use midwifery as their primary model of care. Studies have indicated that midwife-attended births have lower cesarean birth rates, higher breastfeeding rates and lower NICU admission rates.

Nurse-midwives provide primary care to childbearing individuals in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings including hospitals, homes and birth centers. They provide care that is informed by a core beliefs in patient autonomy and the importance of supporting physiologic processes, including birth.

Our specialty includes dual specialty as a women's health nurse practitioner (WHNP), a registered nurse who has completed advanced education with a focus on the primary health care needs of women across the life cycle, with emphasis on conditions unique to women from menarche through the remainder of their lives. The specialty is dedicated to increasing service to vulnerable and underserved individuals and families. We adhere to the philosophy of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), but our unique specialty values are captured by the specialty's own mission, philosophy, purpose and objectives, which we encourage all applicants to review prior to applying.

Certifications and Licenses

Students who complete this specialty are eligible for the following certifications:

Nurse-Midwife

  • California Board of Registered Nursing, Nurse-Midwife certificate
  • California Board of Registered Nursing, Nurse-Midwife Furnishing certificate
  • National Board certification by American Midwifery Certification Board as a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM)

Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner

  • California Board of Registered Nursing, Nurse Practitioner certificate
  • California Board of Registered Nursing, Nurse Practitioner Furnishing certificate
  • National Board certification by the National Certification as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP-BC)

View the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) exam passage rates as well as the graduation rates for this specialty.

Application Requirements and Deadlines

For Master's and Post-Master's Students  
Is RN experience required? No. The specialty is primarily focused on training nurse-midwives. We strongly encourage applicants to gain exposure to both nurse-midwifery practice and birth prior to applying.
Other admissions requirements specific to this specialty

Strong applications in the review process reflect:

  • a clear understanding of the nurse-midwifery role and profession
  • the intention and interest in learning to be a birth attendant
  • a demonstrated commitment to health equity and addressing health disparities
  • a demonstrated commitment to working with underserved and/or vulnerable populations, including applicants from marginalized communities
  • demonstrated thoughtfulness in why the UCSF program fits your professional goals

To be considered for admission, all Nurse-Midwifery/WHNP applicants that pass an initial application screening process will be asked to attend an in-person interview in early/mid-March. More information will be provided after initial screening.

Applicants may reach out to the School of Nursing Director of Outreach, Recruitment and Retention for admissions and goal statement advice.

    Application deadline February 3, 2020
    For Master's Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) Students  
    Does this specialty admit MEPN students? Yes

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    Curriculum

    Clinical rotations include antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, gynecology, family planning, and newborn care. Our clinical preceptors are skilled and knowledgeable providers who volunteer their time to teach.

    • Both overnight and weekend shifts should be anticipated during intrapartum clinical rotations.
    • Clinical rotations are throughout the greater Bay Area and may not be accessible by public transportation, so access to a car is necessary.
    • Clinical placements are made in large hospital systems, small community hospitals, birth centers, community clinics, federally qualified health centers, etc. We do not currently offer rotations in home birth settings.

    Review the sample curriculum for this specialty.

    Post-Master's Studies

    Post-Master's students typically require 6-7 quarters to complete the program. Learn more about our Post-Master's Studies.

    Accreditation

    The Nurse-Midwifery/WHNP program at UCSF is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910-6374. For information about accreditation, please contact ACME directly. Tel: 240-485-1802, [email protected], www.midwife.org/acme. The Nurse-Midwifery/WHNP specialty at UCSF is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

    Faculty

    Ifeyinwa Asiodu, PhD, RN
    Emily Beck, MS, RN, CNM
    Cynthia Belew, MS, RN, CNM
    Kim Q. Dau, MS, RN, CNM
    Melinda Fowler, MS, RN, CNM
    Rebekah Kaplan, RN, MS, CNM
    Monica McLemore, PhD, MPH, RN

    Contact Us

    Director: Kim Q. Dau, CNM, FACNM
    [email protected]
    415-476-4432

    Staff Contact: Jennifer Paloma
    [email protected]