How to Become a Midwife in North Carolina

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Midwives attend home and hospital births.
Midwives attend home and hospital births. (Image: Monkey Business Images Ltd/Valueline/Getty Images)

Midwives provide prenatal care for pregnant women and attend births. They attend births in hospitals, birthing centers and private homes. Midwives usually care for women with normal pregnancies and attend uncomplicated births, referring those with more complicated medical needs to physicians. Midwives often provide routine gynecological care and family planning services for women, as well. In North Carolina, midwives must be registered nurses with advanced degrees and must obtain certification from the American Midwifery Certification Board.

Enroll in an accredited nursing school and earn a bachelor’s degree in the science of nursing (BSN). Earn your degree.

Contact the North Carolina Board of Nursing at 4516 Lake Boone Trail, Raleigh, NC 27607 or call 919-782-3211 to apply for licensure. You must take the NCLEX-RN exam and pass the test to become a registered nurse licensed to practice in the state of North Carolina.

Enroll in a nurse-midwifery graduate program at an accredited university. As of October 2010, the American College of Nurse-Midwives reports that the only program in North Carolina is at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. Earn your graduate degree.

Contact the American Midwifery Certification Board at 849 International Drive, Suite 205, Linthicum, MD 21090 or phone 866-366-9632 to sign up for the nurse-midwifery certification exam to become a certified nurse-midwife in North Carolina. See the link in the Resources section to find testing sites in North Carolina. As of October 2010, you can take the test in Raleigh or in Charlotte.

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