A nurse who specializes in caring for mothers and babies generally finds employment in the mother and baby unit of a hospital. Certification in the field follows education as a registered nurse (RN) with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
Mother and baby nurses provide care throughout a mother's and a baby's stay at a hospital after delivery. A person who is certified to work with mothers and babies should be prepared to handle emergency situations or complications that can arise, like newborn resuscitation. Additionally, mother and baby nurses must be well versed in related subjects, such as postpartum depression, teaching parents how to care for newborns after leaving the hospital and basic breastfeeding instruction.
Mother and baby nurses must first become RNs, which requires completion of a four-year education program. Nurses may then take specialty exams to become certified after working and training in a specialty field, such as the mother and baby unit, for one to two years.
As of Fall 2010, mother and baby nurses can expect to earn a salary between $40,000 and $90,000 annually, depending on experience and location.
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