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Obstetrics Nurse

An Obstetrics or OB/GYN Nurse cares for women during pregnancy, labor, childbirth and other reproductive health issues.


Obstetrics Nurses are in demand because certain states with the highest population growth have an increased demand for both doctors and nonphysician clinicians, such as Obstetric Nurses.

Required education
Average annual salary
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 help women during an incredibly important time in their lives, caring for them from preconception to post-delivery.
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What you’ll do


You’ll help with labor and delivery, coaching the mother and providing initial postpartum care, from cleansing to ensuring the newborn can breathe on its own.


You’ll teach women about reproductive and sexual health issues, including fertility treatments, birth control, and how to avoid sexually transmitted diseases.


You’ll assist doctors in performing prenatal screenings and mammograms.


You’ll monitor the mother and fetus’s vital signs prior to delivery.


You’ll administer injections and help new mothers manage their pain after labor.

Where you’ll work
  • Community clinics
  • Doctors’ offices
  • Hospital maternity wards
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology offices
  • Midwife practices
  • Urgent care clinics
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How to become an Obstetrics Nurse


Pass the NCLEX-RN.


Work as a Registered Nurse for two years, gaining 2,000 hours’ experience in Obstetrics.


Pass the Inpatient Obstetric Nursing Certification exam through the National Certification Corporation.


You’re ready to work as an Obstetrics Nurse.

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