Labor and delivery is a rewarding specialty within the nursing profession. Labor and delivery registered nurses can get additional certifications to prove they have advanced skills in caring for pregnant women and their newborn infants.
Basic Life Support
The American Heart Association offers basic life support, or BLS, certification for health-care providers. Basic life support techniques include cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, and use of heart defibrillators. Certification in BLS can help nurses respond quickly to emergencies that arise in any medical situation, including labor and delivery.
Registered Nurse, Certified
An RN,C designation means registered nurse, certified. You can earn this designation after two years of working in labor and delivery or any other nursing specialty. Among the nursing categories included in labor and delivery certification are intrapartum nursing, postpartum nursing, fetal monitoring and neonatal care.
The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nursing, or AWHONN, certifies nurses in fetal heart monitoring. A fetal heart monitor is a tool used to detect potential problems during labor that may require emergency treatment.