Obstetrical nursing, also called perinatal nursing, is a nursing specialty that works with patients who are attempting to become pregnant, are currently pregnant, or are recently delivered. Obstetrical nurses help provide prenatal care and testing, care of patients experiencing pregnancy complications, care during labor and delivery, and care of patients following delivery. Obstetrical nurses work closely with obstetricians, midwives, and nurse practitioners. They also provide supervision of patient care technicians and surgical technologists. Obstetric nurses are also present in hospital maternity wards and birthing centers. They will typically provide the majority of the care during the initial stages of labor. During this particularly stressful – not to mention uncomfortable – time for the mothers, obstetric nurses will help keep mothers as comfortable as possible and find ways to manage their pain. They will also continually monitor expecting mothers and fetuses for signs of impending delivery.
Related Journals of Obstetric Care
Journal of Obstetric Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing, Journal of Nurse-midwifery, American Journal of The Medical Sciences, British Medical Journal, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Clinical Simulation in Nursing.