The Career Path for Becoming a Delivery Nurse

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Judith Abraham holds an Inpatient Obstetric Nurse certification and served as an interim OB department director for Thermopolis Hospital in Wyoming. For over 30 years, Judith Abraham has worked as a delivery and labor nurse in the maternity wards of Wyoming and Illinois hospitals, providing and improving inpatient and outpatient care to pregnant women, new mothers, and their newborns.

Delivery and labor nurses administer care to women and babies before, during, and shortly after childbirth. During delivery, these nurses work alongside obstetricians to monitor mother and child heart rates, dispense epidurals, and provide operating room support during cesarean births. Delivery nurses are qualified registered nurses who may hold two-year or four-year nursing degrees. Most nurses become specialized through on the job training in a maternity ward.

While working with new mothers and their newborns is a joyful experience, labor can also be fraught with danger, and life and death decisions must be made quickly. Delivery nurses must be able to respond accurately and knowledgeably to changing circumstances. Successful delivery nurses typically have a great bedside manner, strong critical thinking skills, and a high level of emotional intelligence.