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Expanding maternal health care: Montana State announces new nurse-midwifery program

The Mark and Robyn Jones College of Nursing at Montana State University has taken another step toward improving health care for state residents, particularly those living in rural, frontier or Native communities.

The nursing college has been authorized by the national Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education to start a nurse-midwifery track in its existing Doctor of Nursing Practice program. The preaccreditation allows MSU to enroll students in the first nurse-midwifery program rooted in Montana.

Nurse-midwives are trained to give prenatal and post-partum care as well as attend birt...