let me answer your questions first
1) never had a problem with hispanic women or their husbands. but were not allowed to care for two muslim patients due to their religous beliefs.
2)yes we have a couple of docs who insist a female be present for exams and delivery. even though policy states it is the option of the patient to have a compainion or witness present for exams or an examiner of the same sex perform exams.
3) yes i have had lots of problems getting jobs in OB L&D because of being male, was turned down recently for 2 jobs even though i had excellent references and letters from patients and docors just because i was male. and once when i traveled to california of all places i was told A male would never work in L&D there not now not ever!
it is a common misconception that the patients would not like males as nurses but i have more positive feed back than my coworkers have patients change hospitals just to have me as their nurse. have patients request me and refer others to me. It is kind of a running joke on my unit. others nurses always tease me about all the letters i get. and how many hugs and gifts i get from patients.
as far as the exams go I ask patient who they want present for exam and if it is ok for me to be their nurse. i let them have who ever they want present.it can be family friends groups a nurse or just me. never had a problem and do not plan on having any.
i have been the first male hired in ob in to 3 local hospitals here. the response has been over whelming from patients. and for the most parts supervisors doctors midwives and the ceo. once the initial culture shock was over
I believe males make a wonderful addition to the OB team if given the chance.
i love what i do and would not trade a thing .it has been a long diffucult road but it has been worht it to me. the families i have helped and the new life i have witness being brought into the world has been wonderful.
hope this helps any other questions feel free to pm me if you like