California Nurse-Midwives Association

CNM Education

Currently a student nurse-midwife?  Meet your CNMA Board Student Rep HERE.

Currently a Preceptor? Check out the following article:

Midwifing the student: creating an effective learning environment

A new article in the Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health compares the qualities for effective precepting to the qualities required in providing midwifery care. Both guide transformative processes, and both require skillful communication, feedback, and evaluation. Poor precepting can aggravate the nervous self-doubt and anxiety of the novice learner; good precepting can inspire a flourishing career.  READ MORE 

Continuing Education Offerings


Did you know?  ACNM CEUs qualify for use in renewing your license with the BRN.

RX Schedule II Course (for CNMs)

Note: This is a 2-hour course designed to meet requirements for CNMs. NPs are required to take a 3-hour course.  If you are an NP, please visit the California Association of Nurse Practitioners website.

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Paper Copy Registration Form (if you want to pay via check) 

Want to know if your current California nurse-midwife furnishing license includes Schedule II medications? Go to the Department of Consumer Affair's BReEZe site and click on "Verify a License" under the Consumers section on the left. Search by your name or license number, then click on "Nurse Midwife Furnishing" under License Type. If you are licensed to administer Schedule II substances​ in California​, it will say Specialty: Controlled Substances II.

The federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) may verify your furnishing privileges via the BRN's website and can deny you a DEA number if your California furnishing license does not include Schedule II medications. However, even if your DEA registratioincludes Schedule II medications, you are not allowed to furnish Schedule 2 medications until your California BreEZe registration also specifies Schedule II substances in your furnishing section. Both need to be in place. 

California Nurse-Midwifery Education Programs

San Diego State University

SDSU Nurse-Midwifery Education Program and Women's Health Nurse Practioner Program

Program Type: Masters

5500 Campanile Drive

San Diego, CA 92182-4158

(858) 551-1049

Director: Lauren P. Hunter, PhD (ed), CNM

University of California, San Francisco


Program Type: Post-Masters Certificate, Masters, 3-yr non-nurse to Masters

2 Koret Way, Box 0606

San Francisco, CA 94143

(415) 476-1435

Directors: Kim Q. Dau, CNM, MS

California State University, Fullerton

Certified Nurse-Midwife, and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Programs

Program Type: Masters 

School of Nursing, EC-190 

800 N. State College Blvd. 

P.O.Box 6868 

Fullerton, CA 92834-6868

Director: B. J. Snell, CNM, PhD

*For a complete list of CNM and CM programs, please visit the ACNM's list of Midwifery Programs.

Other Resources:

Specialty and Advance Practice Groups

American Association of Nurse Practitioners: 

American Midwifery Certification Board: 

California Association of Nurse Practitioners: 

Nursing Associations 

Association of Womens Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN): 

California Nurse Association: 

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Midwife Jobs is the primary website for finding midwife jobs nationally. While we will occasionally post California jobs on the CNMA website we encourage you to also make use of the well-maintained ACNM site.

California CNM Jobs

Posted 11/26/17

The Nurse-Midwives of Zuckerberg San Francisco General are seeking to hire a per diem CNM.  In affiliation with UCSF and the SF Department of Public Health, we have been providing prenatal, intrapartum, and postpartum care to vulnerable populations for more than 40 years.  We also serve as the primary clinical site for the UCSF Nurse-Midwifery Education Program.  The CNM who fills this position will work primarily in the Birth Center, covering mostly nights and weekends.  Hours are variable depending on vacation and sick leave coverage needs but will generally range between 12-48 hrs/month.  

Minimum qualifications are:

1. California licensed RN and CNM (with furnishing)
2. Minimum of one year clinical experience as a CNM (antepartum and intrapartum)
3. Certified by the American College of Nurse-Midwives/AMCB
4. Master’s degree

Desired qualifications are:

1. Clinical Proficiency in Spanish 
2. Knowledge and skill in mitigating the impact of implicit bias and promoting health equity
3. Strong communication and interdisciplinary team-work skills
4. Skill in clinical preception of student nurse-midwives
5. Experience as a facilitator of CenteringPregnancy

You can access the posting and submit an application on the SFDPH website at:

2325 Certified Nurse-Midwife

Please contact Kara Myers ( if you have questions about the position.

Posted 11/26/17

CNM Position Open in South Pasadena

Del Mar Birth Center is a freestanding CABC accredited birth center and full-scope midwifery practice located in beautiful South Pasadena, California. We are currently seeking an experienced, full-time CNM who is eager to assist women in achieving a safe, physiologic birth in a birth center setting. CNMs currently share practice duties that include office hours as well as a shared on-call schedule. They are supported by birth assistants who are RNs and an excellent administrative staff.

An ideal candidate is a team player who is flexible, nurturing, confident and passionate about women’s health and birth center birth.

Minimum Qualifications: California RN CNM, current NRP and BLS certifications, DEA License; preferred minimum of 1-2 years full-scope midwifery experience; preferred experience in both out-of-hospital and in-hospital birth setting.

We would consider a new grad with at least 1-2 years of L&D experience and out-of-hospital exposure.

Eligible candidates are encouraged to email their resumes to: Margo Kennedy, CNM, Clinical Director

Posted 10/10/2017

CNM Opportunity in Monterey County

A group of 6 obstetricians is looking to expand their practice and desire to hire a CNM. They have never had a midwife in the practice before and thus are looking for a motivated, independent personality with experience. They are marketing the opportunity as one where the midwife would be able to create or carve out their role within the practice from the ground up, and would include AP/IP/possibly gyn. This group is one of the busiest practices at Salinas Memorial Hospital.

If interested contact Julie Vasher, DNP, CNS. She is can put you in touch with the appropriate person for more info. Her email is

Posted 9/30/17

Kaiser Santa Clara is looking to build their midwifery service and has an open position. The position is primarily inpatient (triage, IP, postpartum rounds), but also includes Centering Group Prenatal Care. Kaiser Santa Clara is a teaching hospital and the midwives are involved in teaching the medical interns and collaborating with a large OB hospitalist practice. 

To apply, go online to:

Feel free to contact Amy Meier directly if you have any specific questions.

Posted 9/30/17

Highland Hospital in Oakland, CA is hiring for 2 per diems AND a .8 part time position. We are unionized with awesome pay, great benefits, diverse patient population including homebirth transfers. Supportive CNMs AND OBs. Centering program up and running at Highland Clinic. We also have clinics in Hayward and Newark. Prefer experienced, Spanish speakers. Midwives of color and LGBTQ encouraged to apply! Strong new grads welcome to apply for per diem position, if you have less than 5 years experience please email Sonia Van Braden directly at

Posted 8/15/17

Santa Rosa Birth Center Hiring Full-Scope CNM

The Santa Rosa Birth Center is hiring an additional CNM to join our team! Our birth center has been open for over 20 years and enjoys excellent community support. We provide full-scope women's health, prenatal, postpartum and lactation support. Births are attended at our free-standing, fully licensed and CABC accredited birth center and at the local hospital where we have maternal and newborn privileges allowing us to provide full continuity of care. Our population is primarily publicly funded, with ~80% of all clients receiving MediCal.

The position is for a full-scope CNM. Position includes medical, dental and vision benefits and paid time off. Experienced candidates preferred, but excellent new grads considered. Bilingual Spanish and willingness to relocate to Santa Rosa preferred.

Our practice is truly collaborative, and each CNM plays an integral role in the functioning of an accredited freestanding birth center. This an excellent opportunity to work in a joint, in-and-out of hospital setting. We seek a candidate with a desire to promote midwifery care in the community and who will help us grow our practice.

Please send letter of interest & resumes to Elizabeth Smith, CNM, MSN, Director (

Posted 8/6/17

Full-Time, Full-Scope Midwife Opportunity in Berkeley

Pacifica Family Maternity Center is seeking a full-time staff midwife to provide antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, family planning, and well-woman health care.

We are an accredited freestanding birth center in Berkeley, California with a group practice of 4 dedicated midwives and 3-4 students of varying education levels. Our clientele is made up of a diverse population and we typically serve approximately 12 families each month.

We are looking for a competent and experienced licensed or certified nurse midwife in California with out of hospital birth experience and NARM preceptor eligibility (minimum three years of experience or 50 births as primary midwife, as specified by NARM). Most of our clients are english speaking, however, language skills in Spanish, Russian, and Mandarin are helpful.

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to

Posted 7/30/17

Academic Faculty CNM Position, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine and Perinatal Genetic, UC San Francisco

The University of California San Francisco has a mission to improve the lives and health of all women through excellence, innovation, and leadership in patient care, scientific discovery, education and advocacy.

The Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division, is seeking a full-time master prepared Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) to join 7 midwives and 12 physicians in an integrated, full scope clinical practice. Clinical and didactic teaching responsibilities for medical students and residents are an integral component of the position.

Minimum requirement for a full time Faculty position: a minimum of 5 years of experience practicing full scope midwifery.

We offer a supportive and stimulating environment with excellent benefits. UCSF seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. UCSF is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

Please apply online at:

Posted 6/22/17

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center

Independently manages the care of low-risk women during antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum periods. Co-manages higher risk patients when determined appropriate by CNM and MD. Provides standard maternity care and counseling to women, adhering to the standards of the American College of Nurse Midwives, procedures and instructions regulated by the State Nurse Practice Act and The Permanente Medical Group.

Essential Functions:
• ANTEPARTUM Evaluates patient's general and obstetrical health status Determines pregnancy status, duration of gestation, presentation, and position of fetus, fetal heart rate, and determines whether all statistics are within normal limits. Obtains an accurate medical, obstetrical, gynecological and social history and an account of the course of the present pregnancy. Observes signs of the member's general and obstetrical health status. Performs all appropriate physical examinations appropriate to CNM care needed, including the pap smear, breast examination, and pelvic examination. Records all findings of examinations, histories and significant observations on patient's chart. Consults with appropriate MD regarding any abnormal findings. Orders appropriate lab and medical imaging studies as needed. Institutes preventative measures and detects abnormal conditions. Obtains consultation and assistance from ancillary services as needed. Teaches, counsels, and guides individual members regarding their individual health care. Teaches antepartum classes as needed in individual facilities. Evaluates maternal general health status and well being.
• INTRAPARTUM Performs medical screening exam to diagnose labor. Independently manages the care of low risk women during labor and delivery, under the supervision of a physician. Co-manages higher risk patients when determined appropriate by CNM and MD. Performs facility specific standardized procedures. Evaluates patient for appropriate pain management. Includes requesting epidural for women in labor.
• POSTPARTUM Provides health supervision, care, teaches family planning, and prescribes contraception to women during the postpartum period.
• Kaiser Permanente conducts compensation reviews of positions on a routine basis. At any time, Kaiser Permanente reserves the right to reevaluate and change job descriptions, or to change such positions from salaried to hourly pay status. Such changes are generally implemented only after notice is given to affected employees.

Basic Qualifications:
• N/A.
• Graduate of an accredited school of nursing.
Licenses, Certifications, Registrations
• Current and valid California R.N. license, California Nurse Midwife certificate, A.C.N.M. certification and BLS certification required.
• Current and valid DEA registration number specific to our practice at Kaiser to be obtained within one (1) year of hire at midwife's
• Must have a Nat'l Provider Identifier (NPI), or obtain an NPI, prior to employment start date.

Additional Requirements:
• Must be able to work in a Labor/Management Partnership environment.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Three (3) years of experience as a C.N.M. with in the last three (3) years preferred.
• Current and valid California Nurse-Midwife furnishing certification (including any needed education in pharmacy) and didactic education and supervised clinical experience in third trimester limited obstetric ultrasound preferred OR to be obtained at midwife's expense within one (1) year of hire.

Posted 6/22/17

St. Luke's Women's Center is accepting applications for a Certified Nurse-Midwife. 

We are looking for an experienced CNM who is interested in joining an exciting, growing, collaborative practice that provides care to a diverse patient population from around the Bay Area. The position is full-scope, providing GYN/AP/IP care.

Interested candidates should send application materials (CV and cover letter) to

Job Description:

  • Provides OB/GYN and family planning consistent with SLH's protocols and St Luke's Women's Center Nurse-Midwifery Procedures
  • Administers and manages the nurse-midwifery caseloads described in hospitals' protocols
  • When appropriately licensed with a California BRN Furnishing number, may furnish medication under physician supervision
  • May participate in student nurse-midwife education process
  • Clinical work will be full-scope, including gyn, L&D, and prenatal careducation process


  • Master's Degree in Nursing/Midwifery
  • California Licensed Nurse-Midwife required
  • Certified by the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM)
  • BLS, DEA, NPI required
  • Experience with high risk OB required
  • Experience: 2 years' experience preferred, but will consider new graduates
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs
  • Bilingual Spanish preferred 

Posted 6/12/17

San Joaquin General Hospital: Full-time CNM Position

San Joaquin General Hospital is recruiting to fill one full-time Nurse Midwife vacancy in the Labor and Delivery Department. The Nurse Midwife, under the supervision of a physician, manages women’s health care focusing on pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period, care of the newborn and family planning, and gynecological needs of women. 

The ideal candidate is a dynamic nursing professional who will provide nurse midwifery support services to the medical staff in this growing department. Completion of an approved nurse midwife educational program recognized by the American College of Nurse Midwives and possession of a current valid California Registered Nurse license and valid California Nurse Midwife Certification required. For a full job description and minimum requirements for this position, please visit our employment website at and apply online today! The recruitment is open Friday, June 16, 2017. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply immediately. 

San Joaquin General Hospital's friendly staff is committed to creating a warm and personal environment which is sensitive to both a patient's emotional and physical needs. The staff of San Joaquin General Hospital work hard to provide the highest quality health care services to the residents of San Joaquin County. We are proud and confident of our tradition of serving and caring for our patients with courtesy, respect, dignity, enthusiasm and a positive attitude. 

The Mission of the Division of Nursing is to provide compassionate care to the culturally diverse residents of San Joaquin County. We are responsive to the changing needs of health care in a cost-effective, creative, and innovative manner. This is achieved through providing an environment in which excellence in nursing practice can occur, nurtured by the education of staff, patients, and family. 

Come join our growing team of licensed professionals! Visit our website at to learn more about our hospital. 

Apply at:

If you have any questions, please contact Marie Sneed at