Labor & Delivery Nurse

The joys and pains of labor for a new or experienced mother culminate in the first touch of a newborn baby’s skin, marking one of the most important moments in her life, as well as in the life of the infant and those lucky enough to witness the miracle of birth. Labor and Delivery Nurses are a vital part of childbirth, bringing comfort, experience and knowledge into the delivery room, helping mothers and fathers have the best birth possible, from the onset of labor, any complications that may arise, and through the immediate postpartum period after delivery of a baby.

Labor and Delivery Nurses are required to hold at least a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree as well as pass the NCLEX-RN examination.  Many hospitals and birthing centers are beginning to increase the education and/or training requirements for Labor and Delivery Nurses, looking for those with a Master of Science in Nursing degree, in addition to certifications and specializations that can range from women’s health to midwifery. Specialized certifications and degree concentrations that enhance a Labor and Delivery nurse’s career can be obtained at many colleges, universities and online nursing schools across the country. Alternative paths that can enhance a Labor and Delivery nurse’s skills include certification program as a birth or postpartum doula or as a lactation consultant.

Experience can also translate into a career as a Labor and Delivery nurse, and nurses are encouraged to shadow a mentor as he or she practices within a maternity ward or birthing center.  The skills that are most desired in a Labor and Delivery nurse are attention to detail, the ability to perform well under pressure and make decisions in time of crisis. This experience can be easily gained by assisting in trauma centers, operating rooms or other fast-paced medical environments.



A Labor and Delivery Nurse has the skills and knowledge to assist a woman through childbirth, while still providing information and care to the new mother’s family, including the newborn baby. From assisting the Nurse Midwife or Obstetrician, to coaching a mother through the process of labor, a Labor and Delivery Nurse has one of the most challenging and important roles in the healthcare of women.

Become a Certified Nurse Midwife

To become a Certified Nurse Midwife you must have achieved a Master of Science in Nursing, RN designation and certification by the American Midwifery Certification Board. Start your path to this high paying career that is incredibly rewarding by exploring education options below. We recommend getting information from several so you can compare the programs, costs, time commitments and financial aid options.

Online Schools:

Kaplan University Online

Kaplan University Online

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RN to MS in Nursing

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University of Phoenix Nursing

Walden University

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M.S. in Nursing (MSN) - RN Track

M.S. in Nursing (MSN) - BSN Track

Earn a respected bachelor's degree, master's degree, or Ph.D. online at Walden University.

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South University

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Nursing Specialization in Adult Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN)

Nursing Specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN)

Designed with the needs of working adult students in mind, South University, Online Programs is built on the same curriculum offered at South University's campus locations. As a student at South University, Online Programs you will receive the same degree, quality instruction, variety of learning options and level of service found at the campus locations.

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University of Phoenix Nursing

American Sentinel University Online

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RN to MS Nursing

Earn a self-paced online degree in Nursing or Healthcare.

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