Is it 'respected'? I assume you probably mean within the profession of doctors/nurses. I have to admit, I am not sure about that. My daughter is becoming a nurse, but we haven't gotten that far yet. That said, I can tell you that, from what I have seen, most of humanity respects them. It takes a special person to do such stressful work where there is a definite chance that the parents and baby you are taking care of may have a tragic experience for their family. That caring from the nurse could be the difference to help them make it through the experience - whatever the outcome. If you chose the profession, God bless you and I hope you are very successful and caring in the role.