CNMs must obtain a master's or doctoral degree from a nurse midwifery accredited program and pass a national CNM certification examination.  CNMs are licensed by the Ohio Board of Nursing as APRNs.  They must practice in collaboration with a physician when providing direct patient care, and have a Standard Care Arrangement.

Other important information to know:

  • ​CNMs focus on what is most important to each woman’s unique situation and values

  • CNMs must be recertified every five years (recertification includes meeting advanced practice requirements)

  • CNMs are defined as primary care providers under state and federal law

  • Medicare covers all CNM services and pays them at 100% of the physician payment amounts

  • CNM services are a mandated Medicaid benefit  

  • ​CNMs have prescriptive authority and may prescribe medications in Ohio

  • ​There are three accredited nurse midwifery programs in Ohio

  • CNMs may not perform version, deliver breech or face presentation, use forceps, do any obstetric operation, or treat any other abnormal condition, except in emergencies

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*The average annual salary of a CNM in Columbus, Ohio not including bonuses, benefits, or other factors

  that impact base pay (courtesy of

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  • $106,657*  Average Annual Salary​​  

*The total number of CNMs with an active (or current) license authorized by the Ohio Board of Nursing as of June 30, 2019

CNMs may provide the following:

  • A full range of primary health care services for women
    from adolescence to beyond menopause 

  • Manage preventive and primary care services necessary to provide health care to women during pregnancy, labor, and birth

  • Perform annual gynecologic examinations and reproductive health visits
  • ​Menopause care
  • Treat sexually trransmitted infections
  • Provide basic nutrition counseling, parenting education, and other patient education
  • ​Prescribe medications
  • Episiotomies and repair vaginal tears
  • Normal vaginal deliveries
  • Hospitals

  • Offices

  • Clinics

  • Birthing Centers

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Courtesy of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM)

  • 431*  Number of CNMs in Ohio

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