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Midwifery Program

In the Nurse-Midwifery Program, students are prepared for midwifery practice, which encompasses the provision of family-centered comprehensive care to women and their families across the lifespan.

Our program of study is designed to prepare students as highly competent clinicians, effective advocates for their clients, and skilled managers within the multiple systems that deliver health care to women and their families.  Special emphases of the program include public policy, complementary therapies and fetal evaluation.  Clinical sites are varied and include hospital, birth center, and home birth experiences.

An important feature of the program is its dual major.  Upon completion of the program graduates are eligible for two national certifications.  They may take the certification exam for Certified Nurse-Midwives given by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB). They may also become certified as Women's Health Nurse-Practitioners by the National Certification Corporation (NCC)

Graduates of this program have worked in a variety of settings and have included home-birth practitioners; practice directors for free-standing birth centers; directors of midwifery educational programs; and directors of CNM services in large teaching and small community hospitals.

Program Director: William McCool, PhD, CNM

The University of Pennsylvania midwifery program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910; 240-485-1802,


What is Midwifery?

About the Profession of Midwifery

Prospective Student Information

"Penn's Midwifery Program exposed me to the best of the best in the field of midwifery. In my current practice, I often recall the wisdom of my preceptors and the faculty members from my days in graduate school. Their own research and personal knowledge of the latest findings and trends in health care, along with their adherence to the philosophy and beliefs of the art of midwifery, gave me the best of both worlds". 

-- Jill Pinover, CNM
    Class of 1997