If you want to work as a nurse in the field of women's health, that reduces the number of specialties you can choose pretty drastically. But women's health is quite a broad field, and there are still several different nursing specialties within it.
Do you want to know what these specialties are and which might be right for you? Don't fear! We've rounded up five of the most common types of nursing jobs within the field of women's health to help answer just that question.
Read on for a deep dive into the world of women's health nursing careers.
Types of Nursing Jobs Within the Field of Women's Health
This is just a sample of the nursing careers you could choose within women's health. We stuck to specialties that provide essential health for women exclusively, but there are areas of many specialties that include a focus on women.
1. Labor and Delivery Nurse
These specialized RNs guide mothers through the many phases of childbirth, including the antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, and neonatal stages.
Their responsibilities in the room include monitoring the fetal heartbeat, timing contractions, coaching breathing exercises, administering epidurals, and helping doctors perform C-sections.
2. Obstetrics and Gynecology Nurse
OB/GYN nurses have the broadest specialty on this list. They work in a variety of different types of facilities, including clinics, traditional offices, and outpatient facilities.
OB/GYN nurses take on responsibilities as varied as preparing pap smears, giving HPV vaccines, and teaching young girls about reproductive health.
3. Certified Nurse Midwife
This advanced specialist helps deliver babies in low-risk, healthy pregnancies. A CNM holds a master's degree rather than an RN degree.
CNMs give prenatal and postpartum care, from monitoring fetal growth to providing emotional support after a baby is born.
Salary.com reports that the average yearly salary of a CNM is $106,187.
4. Lactation Consultant
Lactation consultants hold RN degrees, and their specialty involves running breastfeeding classes, evaluating women for postpartum depression, addressing latching problems, and advising women on breast pumps and all other aspects of the breastfeeding process.
5. Perinatal Nurse
Perinatal nurses enter the pregnancy process midway through and assist women until a week after childbirth.
The perinatal nurse's job is to teach patients best practices when it comes to preventing miscarriage and protecting a fetus' health. This means performing routine blood tests, administering prenatal vitamins, and reports abnormalities to supervising physicians, among other responsibilities.
A Wide Open Field
The field of nursing contains variety when it comes to the world of women's health.
Most of the types of nursing jobs we highlighted involve the pregnancy or childbirth processes directly. But there are women-only clinics in many specialties. We encourage you to do more research if none of the five we've highlighted resonates with you.
And if you're thinking about a different career entirely, pay attention to our guide to wear to an interview. These guidelines apply to nursing career interviews as well, but they certainly won't apply once you're in scrubs.