While most OB/GYN nurses help and support female patients before, during, and after pregnancy, their specific duties often vary by workplace. OB nurses typically serve women between puberty and menopause. They may work with patients to explore their birth control and fertility treatment options, or select preventative measures like breast cancer screening or HPV vaccinations against cervical cancer. These nurses work closely with obstetricians and gynecologists to coach mothers through labor and delivery and ensure all patients receive quality, compassionate care.
OB/GYN nurses also administer prenatal and obstetrical exams, including prenatal screenings, pelvic exams, ultrasounds, weight monitoring, and urine and blood sample collection. They help expectant mothers manage pain and discomfort associated with pregnancy as they prepare for childbirth. Additionally, OB nurses clean, vaccinate, weigh, measure, and monitor newborns, helping mothers recover after both labor and delivery. During abnormal pregnancy situations, OB/GYN nurses support patients who may be required to make difficult decisions directly affecting their child’s health.