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Perinatal Nurse

A Perinatal Nurse cares for women through preconception, pregnancy, and the weeks following the birth of their baby.
Required education
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 assist your patients during labor and be there to help if any complications arise.
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What you’ll do


You’ll work with nurse midwives and doctors during labor.


You’ll teach women and men about prenatal health, what to expect during pregnancy, childbirth options, postpartum issues, and how to care for and bond with their new baby.


You’ll perform routine tests and look after your patients throughout pregnancy, and for the first few weeks after the birth.

Where you’ll work
  • Community health organizations
  • Doctors’ offices
  • Home Health Services
  • Hospitals
  • Medical evacuation and transport
  • Neonatal intensive care units
  • Long term care centers
How to become a Perinatal Nurse


Pass the NCLEX-RN and work as a Registered Nurse.


You can get certified by the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal nurses.

Many employers require Perinatal Nurses to earn Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist credentials.


You’re ready to work as a Perinatal Nurse.

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