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What is a Certified Nurse Midwife?

A Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM®) is a registered nurse with graduate degree education in midwifery. They have graduated from a nurse-midwifery education program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME). This education includes a university degree as well as hands-on clinical training by practicing CNMs. They also have passed the national certification exam of the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB).

Midwifery Practice

When considering a health care provider who will best meet your needs, keep in mind that Southern Arizona Midwives focuses not only on maternity care, but also on the full range of a woman’s health needs. A certified nurse midwife provides general women’s health care throughout a woman’s lifespan. These services include general health check-ups and physical exams; pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care; well woman gynecologic care; and treatment of sexually transmitted infections. CNMs are able to prescribe a full range of substances, medications, and treatments, including pain control medications. A Certified nurse-midwife provides care starting with a woman’s first period until after menopause.

Jennifer Garate, Certified Nurse Midwife

Bio: Born and raised in southern Arizona, I always knew I wanted to be involved with the birth of babies. As I grew older and practiced as a registered nurse on a labor and delivery unit, I knew that being a midwife was my true calling.

Experience: As a labor and delivery nurse for over 10 years, I cared for low risk and high risk pregnancies. I performed antepartum, labor and birthing, postpartum, and newborn care. I served as a member of our perinatal grief team and also served as a preceptor for new nurses and nursing students. I performed my clinical rotations locally with Marsha Prince, WHNP and in Tucson with the Midwives at El Rio Birth and Women’s Health Center and Tucson Medical Center.

Education: I started my nursing journey as a graduate of Cochise Community College in 2004 with an Associate’s Degree in nursing. I attended Grand Canyon University and graduated on the Dean’s List for my Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing in 2011. I researched midwifery schools in the United States and chose Frontier Nursing University because Frontier Nursing University was the birthplace of Nurse-Midwifery in the United States. I graduated with a Master’s Degree in nursing in 2014.

Frontier Nursing University proudly claims the following:

  • #1 ranked midwifery school in the US
  • 75 years of experience in graduate nursing and midwife education
  • Oldest and largest continually operating nurse-midwifery education program in the United States