Doctor demonstrating a clinical demonstration

Division of Nurse-Midwifery

Our division offers pregnancy and routine reproductive and gynecologic care across the lifespan.

The Division of Nurse-Midwifery is dedicated to educating the next generation of healthcare providers. Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) emphasize individualized, consent-driven care and health promotion. They train many students in the University of Michigan School of Nursing-Midwifery Education Program and play a critical role in the clinical education of all University of Michigan Medical School students and OBGYN physicians-in-training.

Clinical Care

U-M Medical School Certified Nurse-Midwives provide prenatal and gynecologic care at five area health centers and one community clinic, with all births occurring at the Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital Birth Center in a full-scope midwifery model. Patients seen in this group have all their care managed independently by midwives unless complications occur and require collaborative management with physician colleagues. Our group practice has expertise in unmedicated birth and water birth and regularly cares for women desiring vaginal birth after cesarean.

Certified Nurse-Midwives also provide direct patient care at Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital in a team-based model managing patients who receive care from the Obstetrician/Gynecologist team during pregnancy. We staff Obstetric Triage and collaboratively manage, with physician colleagues and learners, labor, birth, and postpartum care.

The Nurse-Midwifery Division also manages the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program. This program maintains 24/7 on-call staff trained to provide comprehensive, compassionate, and technically skilled forensic examination for all patients presenting to Emergency Services and University Health Services reporting recent sexual assault.

Melissa and patient Nicole lay on patient table

The Nurse-Midwifery Education Program through the University of Michigan School of Nursing currently ranks #2 in the nation and was the first CNM graduate program in the state of Michigan. We offer degrees in Master of Science, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and PhD in Nursing. The program supports clinical experience sites across the state of Michigan.

In our clinical roles, CNMs precept Nurse-Midwife students, medical students, and family medicine residents in outpatient and inpatient settings. We also help train OBGYN residents throughout their education, most directly through the CNM Laborist role, with a special focus on our interns as they begin their training.

The CNM Division hosts annual journal clubs with the OBGYN department, a yearly Grand Rounds presentation that coincides with national Nurse-Midwifery week, and biannual educational seminars for nurses, doulas, and community birth workers.

Nurse-Midwifery Education Program

Ranked #2 in the nation. We offer degrees in Master of Science, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and PhD in Nursing.

Murtland Lecture

The Terri Murtland MSN, CNM, Lectureship and Scholarship was established in Fall 2008 by Terri’s mother, Audrey Murtland, and is supported by Terri’s many family members and friends as a memorial to Terri who was an exemplary individual and midwife.


The Division of Nurse-Midwifery team is involved in research through both the School of Nursing and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Our research focus is clinically driven, focusing on physiologic birth practices and outcomes.

Division LEadership
user Joanne Bailey, CNM