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One of the most satisfying experiences a nurse can have is assisting a woman in childbirth.
Nurses in the Labor/Delivery/Recovery (LDR) unit at Women & Infants provide nursing care to women through the entire birth process and then care for the newborn baby during his or her first hours of life.
Our 19 private LDR rooms offer an exciting new design in childbirth facilities, allowing women to labor, deliver and recover all in one room. The woman’s support person is welcome to be present at the birth and we can make arrangements for older children or other family members to attend the birth as well.
The bedroom-like atmosphere of the LDRs provides comfort, privacy and continuity of care for the patient but they are also equipped with the latest technology to handle deviations in the labor and delivery process. This includes eight newborn resuscitation rooms for emergency intervention after the birth.
Our LDR area is near the NICU, where neonatologists and additional support staff are available if necessary, and near the operating rooms.
Orientation to the LDR combines approximately two weeks of classroom experience and 12 to 14 weeks of clinical experience. We tailor the orientation to each nurse, depending on your experience and expertise. Classes include a tour of the unit, computer documentation, fetal monitoring, breastfeeding, antepartum care, postpartum care, newborn care, EKG/adult code, IV class, and a neonatal resuscitation (NRP) course.
You will be paired with a preceptor who will help you develop competence as you care for laboring women and their newborns during all stages of the birth process, whether it is vaginal or cesarean.
In the LDR, there is a strong sense of teamwork between the nursing staff, midwives, obstetricians, pediatricians, and managers. This atmosphere is promoted and encouraged throughout nursing orientation.