I can relate to this thread, as one of the TWO guys in my nursing class, I was kind of concerned about the OB rotation. I was concerned about how the patients would feel about me, a big hairy guy, being in the room while they're suffering through delivery! And I wondered how I would feel about it. Being a gay man, I'd never even SEEN a real live vagina until my rotation through the womens health clinic, so this was all VERY new territory for me. Happily, I got through my L&D rotation with no problems with patients, and I actually really enjoyed it. Being there to help the patient feel better, more comfortable and at ease overall were just great things. And out on the postpartum floor was even better. Now do I think that my being gay might have helped the patients feel more at ease with me, well, probably. Does a purse fall out of my mouth when I start talking, well, not really, but if you have any intuition, I think you'd pretty much figure me out. And if that helps the patients be more at ease with me, well HALLELUJA!~ hehe
As has been stated, male nurses in this field are rare, at our hospital I have seen only ONE in L&D, and I think there aren't any on the postpartum floor. So it is a rare thing. I don't know that this is the field I want to specialize in, but it definitely felt very good to my heart. The nursery was a LOT of fun too, holding babies, burping em, feeding em, it was just all good!