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When new mothers go into labor, it is the birth center nurse’s responsibility to monitor the mother’s blood pressure and time her contractions. They must also keep an eye on the baby’s heart rate and be on the lookout for potential complications. Birth center nurses help to coach the mother during delivery while also providing assistance to the doctors. This can include things like dispensing medication, aiding in administering epidurals or helping to induce labor.
But a birth center nurse’s job doesn’t end with delivery. They help new mothers and their families adjust to parenthood by teaching them things like how to breastfeed, change and bathe the baby. Education is a huge component of birth center nurse jobs, and they should be available to answer families’ questions or concerns regarding the baby.
Nearly all birth center nurse jobs are found in hospitals, and like most hospital nursing positions, birth center nurses have irregular hours and long shifts. They must be comfortable working under pressure in a fast-paced environment. Equally as important, birth center nurses must be strong communicators with excellent interpersonal skills as they are a primary contact person for new mothers and their families.
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