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Labor and Delivery Nurse

A Labor and Delivery Nurse cares for women and their babies before, during and after childbirth.
Required education
React and make decisions quickly in demanding conditions.
Work hands-on, directly with patients.
Follow a routine that allows you to anticipate and prepare for every situation.
Take on different tasks, patients, and situations every day.
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.

Join an Organization
Become a member of a Labor and Delivery Nurse organization to find career opportunities, learn from your colleagues, and support the profession.
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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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