Women's Health Nurse Practitioners and Births

  1. How often do WHNP deliver babies? Because I want to be able to deliver babies but im not interested in doing it all the time as a midwife would do.
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  3. by   May_baby
    WHNPs do not attend births, but they do provide AP care.
  4. by   Evanaroyale
    What woud be the best way to go about it then because Im really interested in womens health but I do want to do deliveries
  5. by   BCgradnurse
    If you want to deliver babies, then you have to be a certified nurse midwife. You can also provide gyn care to women as a CNM, if you work in a place that utilizes CNMs in this capacity. If delivering babies is non-negotiable for you, then you should look into CNM programs, not WHNP pograms.
  6. by   Evanaroyale
    I want to deliver babies but not all the time. I really want to give care to women. But idk if i should just do the schooling to be certified in both. Or is that a bad idea?
  7. by   BCgradnurse
    As I mentioned above, a CNM also can do Women's Health that does not involve pregnancy. The CNMs in my clinic also do routine gyn. It's more about finding a job that allows you to do both. There's really nothing to be gained by getting both certifications, in my opinion. If you want to have a general practice that includes non-gyn health care for women, you might want to look a both an FNP and a CNM certification. Then you could conceivably ( pun intended!) work part time as an FNP in one type of practice (which will most likely involve caring for men and women) and also work part-time as a CNM in another. Keep in mind however, that any CNM position will involve being on call for attending births, which might make it challenging to hold another position.