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What is a labor and delivery nurse?

Do labor and delivery nurses have to deal
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Sharon’s Answer

A labour or delivery nurse is a healthcare professional specialized in assisting women during childbirth. They support both the mother and the baby from the onset of labour till the successful delivery of the baby and the placenta. They also provide care and monitor the progress of labour, assist with the delivery of the baby in cases of complications, and administer medications.

And yes, delivery nurses might encounter some strong smells during childbirth. For example, when the amniotic fluid breaks, it can have a distinct odor. Additionally, during the delivery process, there might be bodily fluids and body waste’s that can cause unpleasant smells. However, nurses are trained professionals who are used to these situations and know how to handle them with care and professionalism. You should prioritize the well-being of the mom and baby above all else.
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Jana’s Answer

A labor and delivery nurse will have to occasionally deal with smells that one may feel are unpleasant. The birthing process itself, which can include women having bowel movements, blood, urine, and vomit, are just some of the things a labor and delivery nurse will need to deal with.
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Michelle’s Answer

Hello, Caroline !

A labor and delivery nurse works with the patient while the patient is in labor. They can treat the patient and watch the patient's and baby's vitals, give medication and help out with delivering the baby. A maternity nurse's duties are for the patient before, during and after the birth of the child. Both work in hospitals.

All nurses are in an environment in which bodily fluids and bodily wastes from patients will or can present.
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Karin’s Answer

Hi Caroline,

To become a Labor and Delivery Nurse, you first have to get a bachelors in nursing, pass exams to get licensed, work for some time in a hospital and then specialize in L&D.

Here are some articles with more information:

https://nursinglicensemap.com/nursing-specialties/registered-nurse/labor-and-delivery-nurse/

https://www.allnursingschools.com/specialties/ld-nurse/

https://www.forbes.com/advisor/education/become-a-labor-and-delivery-nurse/

Regarding the smells, I don't think there is any nursing job where you will not have to deal with all kinds of bodily fluids. Women in labor often times have bowel movements, and due to the pain they might vomit. The birth itself is a bloody, messy affair. A good face mask might help. And then you'll just get used to it.

Good luck!

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