Direct Entry Midwife Advisory Committee

Legislation passed during the 2015 legislative session authorizes the Board to license Direct-Entry Midwives to perform midwifery outside of a hospital setting, primarily in homes.  The Direct-Entry Midwifery Advisory Committee was formed in 2015 and has been working on promulgation of appropriate regulations, an application for licensure form, and other documents that have been subsequently approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing.  The regulations were adopted as of November 17, 2016.  The Board may now commence receiving applications.

The application is available below.  Qualified applicants may apply for licensure by completing the application online, saving and printing a copy, and submitting it by U.S. Mail with the $900 application fee to:

Direct-Entry Midwifery Application
Maryland Board of Nursing
4140 Patterson Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21215
Attn:  Sharon Allen 

Instructions are included with the application.  All applications are reviewed by the Direct-Entry Midwifery Committee for subsequent approval by the MBON.

       Application for Initial Licensure as a Direct-Entry Midwife
       CHRC Instructions


COMAR Regulations

The Direct-Entry Midwives practice under Health Occupations Article, Title 8, Subtitle 6 and  COMAR 10.64.01 et seq.


Advisory Committee Member Vacancy

As of December 30, 2016, there will be a vacancy for a consumer member on the Direct-Entry Midwifery Advisory Committee.

The seven member committee is comprised of three (3) licensed direct-entry midwives, two (2) licensed nurses certified as nurse-midwives, one (1) representative of the Maryland Hospital Association, and one (1) consumer member.   All members must be approved by the Board.

The consumer member shall be a member of the general public and may not be or have ever been a licensed direct-entry midwife, a licensed nurse certified as a midwife, or a health care practitioner directly involved with pregnancy or labor.

The committee meets once a month and on an as-needed basis.  The term of a committee member is 4 years.  Members receive compensation and reimbursement for travel in accordance with standard State of Maryland travel regulations.

Anyone interested in serving on the Direct-Entry Midwifery Advisory Committee should email their resume and a letter requesting appointment to with the subject CONSUMER MEMBER VACANCY.  The deadline for submission is December 30, 2016.


Advisory Committee Meetings - 2017

Meeting dates are on the second Friday of each month.  Meetings are held from 10:00 a.m. to 12 Noon.

​January 13, 2017 ​February 10, 2017 ​March 10, 2017
​April 14, 2017 ​May 12, 2017 ​June 9, 2017
​July 14, 2017 ​August 11, 2017 ​September 8, 2017
​October 13, 2017 ​November 17, 2017 ​December 8, 2017



updated 12/8/2016