Obstetrics Nurse

Look after both women in labor and new mothers with their babies.

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Salary Range
$44,000 – $95,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Obstetrics Nurses do?

Piercing screams, hours of pain, nervous fathers, goo-covered babies… it’s all part of the miracle of life. Being an Obstetrics Nurse is certainly not for the squeamish, but it is one of the most rewarding careers in nursing.

As an Obstetrics Nurse, you are part of a team of Doctors and other healthcare professionals who bring babies into the world. As an Obstetrics Nurse you’ll explain the details of labor and delivery to the parents-to-be, and give them information they’ll need as new parents.

You might be one holding a woman’s hand during labor, coaching her through the breathing and pushing and pain. Once the baby emerges, you’ll help care for both mother and baby during postpartum.

Depending on your area of focus, you could also be teaching prenatal classes, assisting Surgeons during cesarean deliveries, or taking care of newborns in the nursery. There’s a lot of variety in this work, since some patients have uncomplicated deliveries and don’t even want pain relievers; while others might need more time or special care for mother or baby. You always have to be alert and ready to change plans midway in case of emergencies and complications.

Giving birth is one of the most significant life events for both mother and baby, and having you there for emotional support and to give advice and information is a big part of it. Some patients will probably remember you for the rest of their lives.

Should I be an Obstetrics Nurse?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.

  • Also known as: Obstetrical Nurse

    How to become an Obstetrics Nurse

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