Postpartum nurses, also referred to as mother-baby nurses, specialize in attending to the physical and emotional health needs of female patients along with their newborns after the labor process is finished. These nurses are responsible for making sure that both the mother and her baby are well cared for up until they're discharged from the hospital. The very best postpartum nurses are non-judgmental, compassionate, patient, and understanding. In addition to caring for the physical and emotional well-being of their patients, a large portion of the postpartum nurse's job is to teach new parents important skills, such as changing diapers, feeding the baby, and more.
A few job duties that postpartum nurses are tasked with may include:
Postpartum nurses work hard to ensure the recovery and safety of new moms and their infants and can be found in any birthing setting, to include:
Before you can begin your career as a postpartum nurse, you'll need to learn the basics of nursing in theory and practice during your Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) or Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an accredited college or university. During these years you'll gain important theoretical knowledge and skills which will serve as an important foundation which your career as a postpartum nurse will be built upon. Students who are prospective postpartum nurses are advised to enroll in courses which are specific to neonatal care, maternal health, and obstetrics. Experience on a labor and delivery ward or OBGYN practice is helpful as well.
To become a postpartum nurse, the following educational requirements must be met:
*Those wishing to rapidly advance in their nursing careers should strongly consider attending a graduate degree program (i.e. MSN, DNP, or Ph.D.)
Yes, due to the highly specialized training and expertise needed to identify complex issues post-birth, postpartum nurses are required to hold active and unencumbered RN licenses.
There are a number of certifications which postpartum nurses can choose from. The two main certifications are the Maternal Newborn Nursing (RNC-MNN) certification and the Electronic Fetal Monitoring certification. Both certifications can be acquired through the National Certification Corporation.
To be eligible for the Maternal Newborn Nursing (RNC-MNN) certification, the following requirements must be met prior to applying:
To be eligible for the Electronic Fetal Monitoring certification, the following requirements must be met prior to applying:
In the coming years - because over 40 percent of the workforce is at least 50 years old - the U.S. is expected to go through a critical nursing shortage as baby boomers begin to exit the workforce in mass. As this happens, there will be plenty of vacancies for new nurses. Job prospects continue to be solid in birthing centers and hospital maternity wards.
According to ZipRecruiter, as of 2019, the average yearly salary for a postpartum nurse is about $90,314, but can range considerably. Annual salaries may vary depending on the location of employment, the employer, years of experience, as well as the education credentials and certifications of the nurse. It's common for most postpartum nurses to receive benefits packages which typically medical insurance, paid vacation/sick leave, and more.