I agree, always be down for an L&D. Be kind, respectful and helpful to the pt without being pushy. The birth of their child is the biggest thing that will happen to them and it is very personal, and that pt has a say as to whether you are a part of it or not. I had an instructor give me this advice when I was in my LPN program and I was part of 4 beautiful vaginal deliveries. Not only did I get to observe but I helded mom's legs, gave her water between contractions, helped her breathing technique and encouraged her. Also, the L&D nurses loved us, we could run out and get things they needed, and we observed several epidurals. This many births and this extent of involvement was almost unheard of in my small town college/hospital for LPN studnets to be a part of because their just wasn't much going on, however I feel like the approach me and my 2 classmates that were teamed together brought with us helped ALOT. Every mom that we met and had a chance to observe, allowed us to. Good luck, although it isn't for everyone it's really neat to be a part of.