Labor and Delivery Nurse

A Labor and Delivery Nurse cares for women and their babies before, during and after childbirth.
Required education
You’ll be calm and practical as you prepare women and their families for a comfortable and safe childbirth.
What you’ll do
What you’ll do


You’ll help new parents learn everything they need to know, from pregnancy to infant care.


You’ll assess the learning needs of expectant parents and how you can help them.


You’ll keep a close eye on the mother’s blood pressure and baby’s heart rate and timing of contractions.


You’ll care for childbearing women of all ages, administering medication and epidurals.

Where you’ll work
  • Doctors’ offices
  • Hospitals
  • Patients’ homes
How to become a Labor and Delivery Nurse


Get an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), taking elective courses in labor and delivery.


Pass the NCLEX-RN .


Work as a Registered Nurse, gaining experience in Labor and Delivery.


Get your Inpatient Obstetric Nursing Certification through the National Certification Corporation.


You’re ready to work as a Labor and Delivery Nurse.

Notes on Nursing Podcast

2 Podcasts
  • Night Shift Nursing With Labor and Delivery Nurse Kristin Haden
    Night shift labor and delivery nurse Kristin Haden, RN talks about the differences between working the night shift and day shift. What makes her night work at Beebee Healthcare in Lewes, Delaware interesting and different from working during the day? Find out in the segment coming up now. Nursing Notes Live is an audio extension...The post Night Shift Nursing With Labor and Delivery Nurse Kristin Haden appeared first on Nursing Notes Live.
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Advancing Culturally Competent Care
When Jana Lauderdale, PhD, RN, FAAN, took the stage at the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) 66th Annual Convention plenary session presented by Johnson & Johnson, she introduced herself in a unique way: “I’m a Comanche Indian and I’m a nurse.” These descriptions shape Jana’s personal identity, but they also shape how she approaches and analyzes the world around her.
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