What does a Labor and Delivery Nurse do?

Labor and delivery nurses provide care and medical treatment to patients during all phases of childbirth and the immediate post-delivery period. They provide direct patient care and often coach patients through the delivery process. They perform continuous assessments and monitor the patient’s condition, which includes fetal monitoring, while relaying updates to doctors. They serve as a core part of the delivery team.

Labor and delivery nurses are typically RNs and must have a valid nursing license in their state. They should have a background working in a labor and delivery setting or specialized training in that area. These roles require excellent patient relations skills and the capacity to serve as a calming, supportive presence. They must be able to remain calm and focused in a fast-paced environment and under stressful conditions. A range of medical certifications and other credentials are also commonly required.

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Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does a Labor and Delivery Nurse make?

$117,181 /yr
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The Arora GroupThe Arora Group
Staff RN L&D
Jun 1, 2022

“Competitive pay.”

Contra Costa Regional Medical CenterContra Costa Regional Medical Center
Labor and Delivery Registered Nurse
Aug 3, 2021

“Great compensation.”

LCMC HealthLCMC Health
Labor and Delivery Nurse
Dec 17, 2021

“Endless possibilities for nursing, good pay.”

Baptist Health South FloridaBaptist Health South Florida
Labor and Delivery Nurse
Aug 18, 2022

“Good scheduling, good team work, good pto”

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