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Learn About Becoming a Nurse

Are you compassionate, well-organized, calm in a crisis and a critical thinker with good communication skills? A career in women’s health, obstetric or neonatal nursing might be right for you.

This field encompasses the full spectrum of women’s health throughout their lives:

  • OB/GYN nurses help care for women’s reproductive health and prepare for childbirth.
  • Labor & Delivery nurses  provide care for women during pregnancy, the process of labor and birth and recovery.
  • Neonatal nurses care for newborns in special care units and high risk mothers in antepartum units.
  • Women’s health nurses focus on conditions unique to women including reproductive health, fertility and menopause.

Nurses help women make the transition from pregnancy to motherhood and share the joy when families see and touch their babies for the first time. Families need A LOT of education from nurses including healthy pregnancy, coping with labor and birth, postpartum care, newborn care, and more. This is a field that is never stagnant, sometimes hectic, and always provides opportunities for lifelong growth and learning, on both personal and professional levels.


Most nursing jobs will require a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and additional licensure. Some may require specialized certification after several years of practice. Nurses must first gain on-the-job experience before they can specialize, as each specialty area is unique. 


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Learn about AWHONN's student membership


Perinatal or Obstetric Nurse Specialty Areas

AWHONN represents the interests of over 350,000* nurses working in the field of women’s health, obstetric and neonatal health. Our members practice in a variety of fields and settings including hospitals, clinics, birth centers, primary care offices, and home settings. The vast majority of AWHONN members are registered nurses (RNs) working in the following areas:


Obstetric Nurse
Antepartum Nurse
Maternity Nurse
Labor and Delivery Nurse  
Postpartum Nurse
Low Risk Neonatal Nurse
Well Baby nursery Nurse
Special Care Nursery Nurse 
Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse
Women’s Health Nurse OB/GYN Nurse
Reproductive Nurse 


As a nurse you have the ability to make a difference in your patients’ lives. AWHONN membership provides you with the resources, tools and opportunities to provide the best care to your patients. JOIN NOW
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Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

AWHONN is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP580. Accredited status does not imply endorsement by AWHONN or the American Nurses Credentialing Center of any commercial products displayed or discussed in conjunction with educational activities.

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