Postpartum nurses, also referred to as mother-baby nurses, specialize in attending to the physical and emotional health needs of female patients along with their newborns after the labor process is finished.
These nurses are responsible for making sure that both the mother and her baby are well cared for up until they`re discharged from the hospital.
The very best postpartum nurses are non-judgmental, compassionate, patient, and understanding.
In addition to caring for the physical and emotional well-being of their patients, a large portion of the postpartum nurse's job is to teach new parents important skills, such as changing diapers, feeding the baby, and more.
Monitor vital signs of the mother and newborn
Continually assess the mother and newborn for signs of symptoms that could point to complications such as postpartum hemorrhage, postpartum depression, or failure to thrive
Clean the newborn
Dispense antibiotics and/or pain medication as needed
Educate new parents on how to care for newborns after they leave the hospital
Assist mothers to establish a breastfeeding relationship
Work alongside doctors and other nursing staff to ensure that the plan of care is being followed
Remove catheters following successful deliveries
Assist new mother with the emotional aspects of recovery after giving birth
Support new mothers in their decisions
Reinforce the new mother's ability and aptitude in caring for her baby
Refer parents to additional resources like support groups