CNM vs WHNP

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    I've tried to search the website to find the answer to this, but haven't had any luck.

    My questions is: What is the difference between a certified nurse midwife and a women's health nurse practioner (OB/GYN nurse practitioner)? I know that I want to become an NP specializing in women's health and prenatal care, but I'm not sure which route is better/more appropriate/more marketable.

    Thanks!
    Rachel

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    If you want to deliver babies and prenatal care then you want to be a CNM.

    WHNP provide well women exams and GYN reated outpatient services. CNM's can also do most of those things and can deliver babies.

    CNM =)
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    Quote from rachel921
    i've tried to search the website to find the answer to this, but haven't had any luck.

    my questions is: what is the difference between a certified nurse midwife and a women's health nurse practioner (ob/gyn nurse practitioner)? i know that i want to become an np specializing in women's health and prenatal care, but i'm not sure which route is better/more appropriate/more marketable.

    thanks!
    rachel
    hello and to allnurses.com

    try this link here at allnurses
    http://allnurses.com/forums/f35/ob-n...ce-121830.html

    much discussion regarding the ob np (which i am in addition to fnp) and the cnm.

    hopes this helps.
    Last edit by sirI on Nov 5, '05
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    Great, thanks! That helps alot.

    So I read in the other thread that some WHNP's do deliver babies, in some states. Does anyone happen to know which ones?

    Thanks!
    Rachel
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    Quote from Rachel921
    Great, thanks! That helps alot.

    So I read in the other thread that some WHNP's do deliver babies, in some states. Does anyone happen to know which ones?

    Thanks!
    Rachel
    Hello, Rachel,

    I have staff privileges at a hospital here in my area (Arkansas) and deliver when taking ER call.
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    The school of my choice, once I get my BSN gets you both CNM and WHNP.
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    If you don't mind,what school are going to? I'm in Cali also, although, southern, not northern, but am planning on obtaining FNP/WHNP/CNM, one or the other....would love to have combined CNM/WHNP.
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    Univ of Utah offers a combined CNM/WHNP dual program or you can do CNM or WHNP. I decided to finish CNM and take boards and work because it takes 2 more semesters to finish WHNP and they will work with you and you can finish post masters WHNP.
    Many places want CNM, others want WHNP because some states CNM's are not as recognized.
    I know a few WHNP's who hold certificates and not Master's degrees.
    NCC will require a master's degree in 2007 to sit for WHNP boards. Those who are trained by certificate programs will have to get their master's if they are delinquent in renewing their license.
    CNM and WHNP are different degrees and you can hold both, but have to take 2 boards and obtain licenses for both in the state you work.
    I had not heard of any WHNP's doing deliveries until I read the comments on this board.
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    In my state only a CNM can offer delivery services.
    I have both a WHNP education and a CNM education. I REALLY missed L&D after I finished my WHNP but it took several years and a few bonks on the head before I figured out I'd get the best of both worlds as a CNM.

    I'm starting my new position in 10 days. Tomorrow is my last day of work as a L&D nurse. I KNOW i've finally figured out what I want to be when I grow up!
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    can you help me get through this!I am tamara.


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