Postpartum nurses provide care to new mothers and babies following delivery. Postpartum nurses work in hospitals and birthing centers. They need to be skilled in assessment and teamwork. A Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse can work in this specialty; however, duties differ based on the scope of practice between RNs and LPNs. Do you have experience in the Postpartum specialty? If so, explore our travel nurse jobs and land a high-paying Postpartum travel nurse job today.
Postpartum nurse responsibilities include checking vital signs, managing and removing urinary catheters, administering medications, and checking wounds (if a C-section was performed). These nurses will also assess the mother's lochia and the fundus. Postpartum nurses work closely with midwives and OBGYNs. These nurses provide education and support to the mother and family about their new baby. Education may include instructing on signs and symptoms of postpartum depression as well as caring for the new baby. Nurses also coordinate and introduce lactation specialists. The average annual salary in the US for a Postpartum nurse is $77,000.