Things Every Woman Needs to Know About Their Labor Nurse

When we take care of a patient in labor, they really have nooooo idea how much we try to take care of them. We basically know everything about them, and they know very little about us…

We don't care if you shaved your legs...or any other part of your body 😉
We don’t care if you shaved your legs…or any other part of your body 😉
No matter how bad you think your stretch marks are, we will not notice them
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We are fueled by caffeine
…and (sometimes) energy drinks
We have a pretty sick sense of humor
We have a pretty sick sense of humor
We can literally think of 100 different words to say "vagina"
We can literally think of 100 different words to say “vagina”
We can find a way to eat almost anything in less than 5 minutes
We can find a way to eat almost anything in less than 5 minutes
Many of us have a mouth like a sailor :/
Many of us have a mouth like a sailor :/
If we think someone is treating you wrong, we will fight for you
If we think someone is treating you wrong, we will fight for you
8.We will eat anything left at the nurse’s station or in the breakroom
We will eat anything left at the nurse’s station or in the breakroom
We do not take care of men 😞
We do not take care of men 😞
10.There’s a good chance you can find alcohol pads, scissors, a marker, lipgloss, and at least two pens in our pockets
There’s a good chance you can find alcohol pads, scissors, a marker, lipgloss, and at least two pens in our pockets
We know how you got here 😉
We know how you got here 😉

Until my next delivery ❤



27 thoughts on “Things Every Woman Needs to Know About Their Labor Nurse

  • March 13, 2015 at 7:07 pm
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    I am a pediatric nurse and I love this site, so true I would be in the delivery room for possible problems with the infant.

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    • March 14, 2015 at 10:45 am
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      Actually we do care when you haven’t shaved, and so do the doctors. . . .

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  • March 13, 2015 at 7:30 pm
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    So true except for the lipgloss. But then, not all labor nurses are women. :)

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    • March 14, 2015 at 3:27 am
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      Substituted “Blistex” for this nurse, and you got it!!! LOL Oh, and cord clamp cutter, Sharpie (for labeling IV bags and vials, etc), and Listerine breath strips to disguise the end of shift coffee breath, and Glysomed hand lotion…my hands would shrivel up and fall off without that!!

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  • March 13, 2015 at 9:55 pm
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    So funny and true.. I lol’ed!

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  • March 13, 2015 at 11:14 pm
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    I may not be a labor nurse but still I totally get this, so true. I am nodding and smile wider and wider for every item in there. :) That was such a fun read.

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  • March 13, 2015 at 11:35 pm
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    I love love love these stories. They are fabulous. .you should write a book…REALLY NOT KIDDING ….BEST SELLER FOR SURE KEEPS ME IN STICHES. WELL NOT THE SAD ONE NOT BRINGING HOME THE BABY. OR THE MOM PASSED I CRIED..YOU HAVE A RARE TALENT .HUMOR COMPASSION EMPATHY.SYMPATHY.AND LOVE OF YOUR JOB..KEEP IT UP…

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  • March 14, 2015 at 3:44 pm
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    To the student nurse who was grossed out by a shaved pubis.. Trust me, you will see much more “gross” things on a patient in a hospital setting than a shaved pubis so maybe you better consider a different profession if a little thing like this grosses you out. Not that long ago EVERY woman who came into have a baby got a complete shave–complete. And guess whose job it was to do that!! And let me reassure moms to be who are reading this I don’t care if you have hair here, there, everywhere or none at all and I have never encountered a fellow nurse in L&D who though any different. Hello to my old friend Robin Roby!

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    • March 14, 2015 at 4:10 pm
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      As a student nurse, things are all so new. I can reassure you, Sharan, this is not an impediment to me becoming a labor and delivery nurse. When things like this are so new, it takes awhile to adjust. Are you indicating that “gross” things never took time for you to adjust to? I hardly think so. There have been many things I had to get used to in my firsthand, hands-on exposure to the nursing profession. I am hardly alone. My classmates and still laugh about things like that! BUT, I would never indicate my discomfort or shock at seeing some crazy stuff because that would be unprofessional and insensitive.

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      • March 19, 2015 at 3:47 pm
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        It’s OK tlcat625; as an ‘old’ nurse, I still consider some things ‘gross’; and we still love the owner. Who hasn’t been a little grossed out by a fresh pool of vomit on the bedroom carpet – but you still love the sweet child who spewed it. Right? Own the profession, own the rights to your definition of gross. Shaving or not isn’t one of my quirks. But we all have them of one sort or another. Enjoy your education and soon to be profession, wherever it is. Own it, and continue to be honest. #still making memories.

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  • March 14, 2015 at 6:28 pm
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    Loved reading this!!!! As a L&D RN and a mommy about to give birth for the second time in a just a couple of days. If I could shave, I would. But that’s so far from my reality at the moment ha! #longhairdon’tcare :)

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  • March 15, 2015 at 12:14 pm
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    Does anybody give float nurses any credit? HEY WE CAN GO TO A CODE IN THE Emergency Room get pulled to on help with a delivery,watch the nursery ,cover a call in on medical surgical floor ,etc and do it all in 8 hrs So let’s hear for the Great Float nurses

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    • March 27, 2017 at 7:08 pm
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      In all the 35 years I have worked as a L&D RN, I’ve never seen a FLOAT nurse attend a delivery as her assignment.
      Just saying.

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  • March 21, 2015 at 9:20 pm
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    I was a prn nurse for about 6 months never so happy there was an opening in the IV dept

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  • March 22, 2015 at 9:02 am
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    I am a midwife, I’ve seen vaginas in varying states of hair, wear and… tear and I don’t care.
    What I would say however is this…top tip: don’t suture bits of hair into the perineum-brush it out of the way….. My Job is glam.

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  • April 26, 2016 at 2:31 am
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    I am always happy when they shave “down there” so I don’t have to deal with it. With a repeat C-section, I don’t have to shave it. With a vag delivery it is so much easier to wash them up afterward. I am all about making life easier for me at this point in the nursing game. To each their own. My only thought is, “who did it for them?” It has to be hard to shave over that beach ball belly!

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