A maternity nurse is a type of nurse who works in the maternity ward or unit of a hospital. They work with pregnant women before birth and take care of newborn infants after birth has occurred. The main day-to-day responsibilities of a maternity nurse include monitoring the unborn baby and mother, assisting the obstetrician during delivery, assessing patients' vital signs, provide support to the mother during childbirth, and providing information such as how to breastfeed and use a bottle after birth. They also explain procedures to patients and their loved ones, complete patient documentation, and ensure safety procedures are followed at all times. Maternity nurses generally work full time, and their hours vary depending on the shift requirements for the position; nurses often are on their feet for most or all of their shift.
Registered nursing positions require at least a bachelor's degree in nursing, as well as passage of the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse. Previous experience in a similar position may also be required. Some skills that are needed as a maternity nurse include excellent communication skills, the ability to work well with patients in a fast-paced scenario, and the ability to work effectively in a health care team. Proficiency with basic computer software may also be needed.
Maternity Nurse (RN) Tasks
Identify outcomes based on the needs assessment
Assess comprehensive patient and family needs.
Establish care plans.
Coordinate the care of low and high risk laboring women of childbearing age and the immediate stabilization of the newborn following delivery.
Monitor progress of laboring patients and modify the plan of care as needed.