The Delaware Nurse Midwives have an organization that features their goals; the Nurse Midwives are ready to meet the needs for your gynecological care, pregnancies and family contraception.
There are many midwifery opportunities available in Delaware, so if you are interested in becoming a Nurse Midwife, this may be the perfect time to talk with the colleges to compare their programs.
There are no on-campus programs located in Delaware, but there are two accredited online nurse midwifery programs that are available, which are Frontier Nursing University and Georgetown University. They each offer a graduate degree in Nurse Midwifery, and clinical hours can usually be arranged at a facility near your home.
Delaware’s Board of Nursing for advanced practice nurses requires an active RN license, a graduate degree or certification from a national organization, and if not a new graduate, you must have 600 hours of specialty work over the past two years. Advanced practice nurses must work in collaboration with a physician.
There is a new bill under consideration by Delaware’s legislature that would allow certified nurse midwives to care for women that want to have a home birth. Currently a midwife must be in a collaborative agreement with a doctor, but doctors are not willing to make this arrangement for home births. The reason is the lack of coverage by malpractice insurance. This situation is not unique to Delaware.
Nurse midwives care for women from puberty through menopause. Caring for childbearing women during the prenatal, labor and delivery and the postpartum stage can be very rewarding. If you are considering becoming a nurse midwife in Delaware, this is a good time to contact the schools on our site to learn more.
The admission criteria for both accredited online colleges is similar. You must be a registered nurse from a nationally credited (CCNE or ACEN) program, have a GPA of 3.0 or better, and you must have one year of clinical experience. Three professional references are required, and if English is not your original language, you must take the TEOFL exam with passing scores.
The nurse-midwifery curriculum typically includes:
- Principles of Health Promotion
- Epidemiology and Biostatistics
- Evidence Based Practice
- Advanced Pathophysiology
- Advanced Health Assessment
- Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Across the Lifespan
- Primary Care of Women
- Role of the Nurse Midwife
- Midwifery Care during Labor and Birth
- Midwifery Care during Pregnancy
- Midwifery Care during Postpartum
- Advanced Midwifery Care of the Childbearing Woman
- Women’s Health
- Principles of Independent Practice
- Skills for Advanced Practice
- Skills for Nurse-Midwifery Care
- Nurse-Midwifery Clinical I-V
This program includes 49 didactic credits and 15 clinical credits, which totals 64 credits. You will complete approximately 675 clinical hours during a nurse midwifery program.
Following graduation you will be ready to take your national certification exam that is recognized in all 50 states. The test is administered by the American Midwifery Certification Board and the cost $500. This certification ensures others that you have met all your requirements to practice safely, and you have the training to be effective in all situations.
According to O*net Online, the annual average income for a nurse midwife in 2014 was $96,970, and the need for more nurse midwives is expected to grow by rate of 22 percent by 2022. This is much faster than the average rate for most job.
Midwives have integrity with a great concern for others, and their occupation allows them to work in an independent fashion. They may be employed at hospitals, private or public clinics, in doctor’s offices and in many other locations.
You may find this career to be very rewarding, and you also find room for advancement with a higher income. It will help the nursing profession as a whole by expanding the scope of practice for nurses and providing essential healthcare to women and children. To learn more about how to get started, contact the schools below.