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Name: Perinatal Nurse
Description: Cares for women, infants, and their families from the onset of pregnancy through the first month of the newborn’s life (perinatal period); monitors the pregnancy; assesses the progression of labor, monitors the status of mother and baby, maintains a sense of calm and comfort during labor, and supports the family; fosters the new mother-infant relationship, teaches parenting skills, and assesses and supports the mother in her recovery from childbirth; evaluates the newborn’s early adjustment to life
Diagnoses: Normal, high-risk, and complicated pregnancy, labor, delivery, and recovery; prematurity, low birth weight, and other neonatal problems; infertility
Practice roles: Obstetric, neonatal, women’s healthcare, or reproductive endocrinology/infertility nurse, clinical nurse specialist; women’s healthcare nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, nurse case manager, head nurse, supervisor, coordinator, director, executive, perinatal or childbirth educator, lactation consultant
Characteristics: Patient care and relationships including usually happy outcomes, autonomy and independence, teaching
Client age group: Women of childbearing age and newborns up to one month
Drawbacks: Irregular hours, difficult patient contacts such as patient grief, excessive workload, constraints of very short hospital stays
Desirable skills: People skills, positive attitude, flexibility with duties and schedule, commitment, patience, tolerance
Education: RN with AD, Diploma, or BSN (preferred)
Employers: Hospitals including specialty hospitals, health departments, medical offices, HMOs, clinics, birthing centers, nurse midwife practices, home health agencies
Certification:
American Nurses Credentialing Center
600 Maryland Ave., SW, #100
Washington, DC 20024-2571
800-284-CERT
 
National Certification Corporation for Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing Specialties
645 N. Michigan Ave., #900
Chicago, IL 60611
800-367-5613
 
International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, Inc.
Box 2348
Falls Church, VA 22042
 
ACNM Certification Council, Inc.
8401 Corporate Dr., #470
Landover, MD 20785
Associations:
ASPO/Lamaze
1200 19th St. NW, #300
Washington, DC 20036
 
American College of Nurse Midwives
818 Connecticut Av., NW, #900
Washington, DC 20006
202-728-9860
 
Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses
700 14th St., NW, #600
Washington, DC 20005-2019
202-662-1600
 
National Association of Neonatal Nurses
4700 W Lake Avenue
Glenview, IL 60025-1485
800/451-3795
 
National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Reproductive Health
503 Capitol Court, N.E., #300
Washington, DC 20002
202-543-9693
Publications:
Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nurses
 
AWHONN Newsletter
202-662-1600
 
Neonatal Network Journal
 
Central Lines Newsletter
707-762-5588
 
Journal of Nurse Midwifery
 
Quickening Newsletter