Objective: to identify the profile of nursing professionals providing care to pregnant women in maternity Alfenas-MG. Method: this is about a descriptive cross sectional study from quantitative approach. Participated in this study, all nursing professionals (24) who worked in the care of patients. Data collection was performed during the period from June to September 2008 using a structured interview. This study was conducted according to ethical principles of research and approved by the Ethics in Research of Universidade Federal de Alfenas/MG, under protocol number3087.001016/2008-98. Results: there was a lack of midwife in the team, keeping workload of 49.17 hours/week, 91.6% being female. As the professional category, the prevailing mid-level professionals with informal training and monitoring at work those with greater experience in the area. Conclusion it is understood that these professionals are not qualified for the obstetric care according to criteria of World Health Organization (WHO), highlighting the need for qualification of this team that assists women in maternity Alfenas, Minas Gerais.