**disclaimer: sore subject for poster**
Originally posted by Figaro's Mom
Do you have to have had children to be a L&D nurse?
Gee, I dunno....do you have to have cancer to be an oncology nurse? A burn victim to work on a burn unit??
No nastiness intended toward you figaro's....just a very sore subject. Have had a couple of colleagues give me the, 'well, what do you
know, you've never had a baby' crap. Whatever. No, I DON'T know what a contxn feels like, no, I DON'T know what it is like to have baby feet jamming into my ribs at 32 weeks...but da** it, I can still be a da** good L&D nurse. Urrrrrrrrghhhhhhhh....that mentality just burns my butt. CAN YA TELL???
Do I get less credit? Actually, NO. My patients are usually surprised I DON'T have children yet, and say, 'but you seem like you'll be such a great mom!' I get that a lot, thank you.
If my pt. asks if I've had kids, I'm up front. I tell the truth. I also don't try to snake around the subject, like if they ask me if getting an epidural hurts, I tell them 'I don't know from experience, as I've never had an epidural OR a baby, but my patients tell me_______.'
Lack of personal experience on the birthing end hasn't been a problem for me with PATIENTS. I wish I could say the same was true for some former co-workers of mine.
Know what the biggest problem with the never had kids/working on L&D thing is for me, personally? Fear. I've probably wanted a kid for, oh, 2 years now. Not even TRYING to get pregnant yet. Still trying to decide if I want to take the 'risk' of delivering at the birthing ctr where there are no drugs, or if I want to suffer through the whole hospital birth experience (that thought is just sheer torture for me...ugh......) simply because there's anesthesia avail. if I can't hack it. Bleah. But that is another thread all together.........
So to answer your question, no, belonging to the mommy club is not a prerequisite for labor and delivery employment.