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Perinatal nurses assist women throughout pregnancy and during childbirth. They provide both emotional and physical support while teaching mothers-to-be about life with a baby.
During pregnancy, perinatal nurses teach women about pre-natal health. They help prepare women for experiences they can expect during pregnancy, such as morning sickness, fatigue, cravings and more. Together with perinatal nurses, pregnant patients can learn about their pregnancy and explore childbirth options.
In many instances, perinatal nurses are present during childbirth. They may assist patients during delivery by coaching them through labor. After delivery, perinatal nurses teach new mothers how to care for their baby. This can include a variety of topics from teaching them how to breastfeed and change a diaper to providing them with tips on bonding and parenting.
To qualify for perinatal nursing jobs, candidates need an advanced degree. Nurses need their BSN and MSN to be eligible for certification, and some facilities prefer to hire nurse practitioners, requiring even further education.
Perinatal nursing jobs can be found in hospitals, physician’s offices, community clinics, private practices and birthing centers, among other medical facilities. See what open positions are available in your area by exploring ADVANCE Healthcare Jobs today. Be sure to check out our Career Resource Center for information on perinatal nurse careers, including resume and cover letter tips, interview guidelines, salary statistics and more.