Health Indicator Report of Midwife-Attended Births
Some expectant mothers choose to use a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) instead of a traditional physician for their birth experience. CNMs are advanced practice nurses with additional training in delivering babies and providing prenatal and postpartum care to women. CNMs must be Registered Nurses (RNs) and must hold a college degree, such as a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN).
Data SourceBirth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health
DefinitionBesides the mother, the attendant at birth is the person primarily responsible for the delivery. A Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) is a person who is a registered nurse and who holds certification from the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) or the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) or its successors.
NumeratorNumber of births attended by a Certified Nurse Midwife
DenominatorTotal number of live births
How Are We Doing?Certified Nurse Midwives are more likely to attend births to younger women, women who have had 3 or more previous deliveries, and women delivering at a freestanding birthing center or at home. Although the rate of deliveries by CNMs is higher for freestanding birthing centers and residences, the majority of deliveries attended by CNMs occur in hospitals (7,786 births in 2017). The CNM delivery rates among residents of Atlantic (32%) and Mercer (26%) Counties are more than double the rate in any other New Jersey county.
How Do We Compare With the U.S.?The rate of CNM-attended births in New Jersey (7.8%) is slightly lower than in the nation as a whole (9.1%).
Page Content Updated On 05/22/2019, Published on 05/22/2019