North Carolina Board of Nursing

Nursing Practice

Certified Nurse Midwife

General Information


Completion of a post-graduate certificate midwifery program, or a Master’s in Nursing Degree midwifery program or another appropriate Master’s degree program; national certification, continuing education, and recertification required.

What they do

Provide well-woman and gynecological care for women of all ages (including family planning, infertility, preconception, menopause, and treatment of common health problems), obstetrical care including prenatal, postpartum, intrapartum, and newborn care. CNMs attend births in hospitals, out of hospital birth centers, and at home. CNMs have prescriptive authority in North Carolina.

Employment options

May be salaried or self-employed. CNM services are reimbursable by insurance.

Who regulates

Midwifery Joint Committee.