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.