The nursing schools of Georgetown University, Vanderbilt University, and the University of California—San Francisco are among the most highly regarded in the United States. All of these schools offer nurse-midwifery and women's health practitioner programs that prepare students for post-graduate certification through advanced research and assessments.
Women's health nurse practitioners are registered nurses who concentrate on women's primary care through providing medical needs and counseling to female patients. Certified nurse-midwives offer health care to childbearing women throughout the stages of pregnancy, during the labor process, and to newborns following birth. Graduates of certain nurse-midwifery programs may receive additional certification to practice as women's health care practitioners if they receive dual degrees.