Where I work, and I believe it was mandated by the conglomerate that owns our hospital and many others, everybody on the entire Birth Center Floor, including only PP nurses, had to take it. I believe it's something for them to brag about, but it's already cost us some good nurses who are older and just flat out didn't want to do it.
I, personally, put it off until the last possible moment. We were not given any opportunities for pre-study classes, there were only 4 books provided for the entire unit, it was done on a weekend dayshift (so those of us who work other shifts had to give up our regular routines) and we were not given weekend pay differential. That's just the beginning of why I was so steamed.
The class istself was 95% full of people who were renewing, thus they knew the lingo, knew what all the abbreviations stood for, knew the meds, and well, they were reviewing. I was lost. I felt like a second class citizen. We had to raise our hands and ask them to slow down, to explain what the acronyms meant, and when they would say, "you've never heard of that?" we'd remind them we were labor nurses. It was demeaning to say the least.
Lucky me, I'll be 58 soon and decided that weekend a year ago, I would never put myself through that again. So next year, when it's time to renew, I'll be finding something else to do. My DH will be retired soon after that and we have other plans.
My personal feeling is that since I've had no need to use it (and I'm very thankful for that!) in a year, I'd be more of the problem than any part of the solution at this point. I know other Labor Nurses who feel the same.
As far as recoving c/s patients, we only recover them on the unit if they have an epidural or spinal. When a general is given, they are sent to the surgical floor to recover.