Obstetric care, also called perinatal nursing is a nursing specialty that works with patients who are trying to become pregnant, are currently pregnant or recently delivered. Obstetrics nurses help provide prenatal care and testing, care of patients with complications during pregnancy, care during labor and delivery, and care of patients after delivery. Obstetrics nurses work closely with obstetricians, midwives and nurse practitioners. They also monitor the patient-care technicians and surgical technologists
Obstetrics nurses perform post-operative care, surgical unit, stress test, evaluation, cardiac monitoring -, vessel monitoring and health assessments. Obstetrics nurses need. Using special skills, including electronic fetal monitoring, nonstress tests and medication administration by continuous intravenous drip Obstetrics nurses work in many different environments, including medical offices, prenatal clinics -, labor and delivery units, antenatal units after birth units, operating rooms, and clinical research.
In the U.S. and Canada, the professional nursing organization of obstetrics nurses is the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and postpartum Nursing (AWHONN).