How Do I Become a Maternal Child Nurse?


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A maternity and childcare nurse, also known as a labor and delivery nurse, participates in the delivery of a new baby and supports the health of both mother and baby before, during and after childbirth. Many types of nurses work as maternity nurses, including Licensed Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists and Certified Nurse Midwives. All nursing positions require at least some college and hands-on training.

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Commonly, maternity and childcare nurses also work with women who experience pre-term labor or other complications as well as with families after births in the hospital. Maternal and child health nurses also work in doctor's offices and clinics, or they visit new babies and mothers at home. The role played by nurses depends on their level of education and training. Many community colleges and vocational schools offer LPN training, which includes both classroom and practical training, and these nurses perform general care duties, such as taking vital signs. RNs have a two-year associates degree or four-year bachelor's degree from a state-approved college or university, and they must also pass a state licensing exam. RNs typically have primary patient care responsibilities under the supervision of a medical doctor. NPs, CNSs, and CNMs all have master's or doctorate degrees as well as board certification in a nursing specialty, such as midwifery. These nurses work in many settings, including medical offices, community health centers and research institutions.

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