Why Choose Midwifery at UNC?
The Midwives at UNC have been delivering exceptional patient-centered, inclusive and evidence-based healthcare to families in the triangle for more than 20 years! We see patients at two convenient locations (Weaver Crossing and Panther Creek) and provide labor and delivery services at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill.
UNC is a baby-friendly hospital. This designation given by the WHO means that UNC is committed to providing care that optimizes bonding between newborns and their parent(s) as well as promotes best infant feeding practices.
We believe that pregnancy and childbirth are normal processes. We work to limit the interventions we recommend to only those that are needed for the safety of our pregnant patients and/or their babies. We have physicians available at all times if interventions are needed that are beyond our scope of care.
We believe in partnering with our patients to provide individualized and family-centered care. We provide accurate and complete information so that our patients can make informed decisions about their healthcare.
We provide care that promotes wellness, prevents disease, and protects normal physiologic birth. We practice trauma-informed care with an emphasis on building trusting relationships with our patients.
We respect and embrace inclusiveness. This includes, but is not limited to, race, ethnicity, culture, class, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, physical and intellectual ability, nationality, citizenship, age, mental health, and professional background.
We value the expertise of other health care providers and consult, collaborate and refer to them as needed to optimize care.
We are an official site for CenteringPregnancy® group prenatal care. CenteringPregnancy® has been shown to decrease rates of preterm birth and increase rates of breastfeeding.
What is a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)?
A CNM is a registered nurse who has completed a graduate-level midwifery program and has passed a national board exam administered by the American Midwifery Certification Board. CNMs are independent practitioners who are regulated by the Board of Nursing in North Carolina.
CNMs provide primary, reproductive and sexual healthcare with special emphasis on pregnancy and childbirth. CNMs provide care throughout the lifespan: from adolescence through menopause. CNMs have prescriptive privileges and are able to offer contraceptive services including IUD and Nexplanon insertions.