Everything About Labor & Delivery Nurses

Labor & Delivery Nurses are in high demand across the country.

A career in Labor & Delivery travel nursing is a great way for you to avoid nurse burnout — the job is still demanding, but the variety of locations and facilities can help keep you fresh and motivated. It’s also a great way to sharpen your skills, gain crucial experience, and improve your resume.

Labor and delivery units typically serve routine and high-risk patients who are about to give birth, giving birth, or have just given birth. To succeed working in L&D you must be very caring and compassionate, a great team player, a great communicator, and be able to guide patients and families through the joyous yet stressful time of childbirth. Empathy, decisiveness, and the ability to maintain your cool while your patients experience a highly painful, stressful time is very important to succeeding in the Labor and Delivery unit. L&D nurses and other L&D staff are called on to provide emotional and psychological support in addition to physical care.

L&D units typically include labor and delivery rooms, recovery rooms, and operating rooms. L&D nurses monitor patients continuously for contractions, check each baby’s heart rate (or monitor continuously if needed), assist with daily bathing and grooming, monitor other vitals (like temperature, blood pressure, and breathing), assist in delivery, assist in initial postpartum care, and more.

Who Works in L&D?

A wide range of healthcare professionals work in the labor and delivery unit in order to serve the needs of L&D patients. Labor and delivery unit team members can include L&D RNs, L&D techs, dieticians, nursing assistants, physicians, certified nurse midwives, physical therapists, perinatologists, neonatologists, administrative staff, and social workers/case managers.

Who’s Treated in L&D?

Routine and high-risk patients who are in the process of preparing to give birth, in labor, in surgery, in recovery, in pre-term labor, or experiencing any complications to their pregnancies. There are certainly very challenging moments for patients and families in the labor and delivery unit. But for most patients and families it’s a largely joyous occasion since new life emerges in the L&D unit and it’s the first place they’ll meet their new family members!

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Quick L&D Facts

  • Commonly required L&D RN education: Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and/or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), plus passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) 
  • Commonly required L&D certifications: Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), Basic Life Support (BLS), Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)
  • Commonly preferred L&D certifications: Advanced/Intermediate Fetal Heart Monitoring (FHM), Certified Surgical Tech (CST), Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) or Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course (ENPC), STABLE
  • Commonly required experience to become a travel L&D RN: Facilities typically require a minimum of one to two years of recent, in-hospital experience in order to hire you as an L&D travel nurse. You’ll want the benefit of experience since travel nurses have to hit the ground running!

Are you a travel nurse or travel allied health professional looking for your next great career opportunity? Click here to explore L&D travel nurse and L&D travel allied health jobs!

L&D Travel Nursing Jobs Nationwide

Find Labor and Delivery Travel Nurse Opportunities Across the United States

Providing care in support of a happy, healthy pregnancy, labor, and childbirth is a very important and rewarding calling. There’s consistently high demand for Labor & Delivery nurses and other healthcare professionals to work in the labor and delivery unit — and that means there are lots of well-paying L&D travel nursing jobs in exciting locations nationwide! If you’re an L&D RN, L&D tech, or work another L&D-related role, read on to learn more and explore nationwide Labor and Delivery job opportunities for travel nurses and travel allied health professionals.


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Personalized Pay Packages

We offer competitive compensation packages to fit your needs, including a company-matching 401(k)program and/or per diem allowances.

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Insurance Benefits

Medical Solutions L&D travel nurses are eligible for day-one, nationwide medical insurance coverage starting at just $10 per week for a single, basic policy.

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Your dedicated recruiter is there to help guide you throughout your career & Labor & Delivery travel nursing experience with Medical Solutions.

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We want to make your travel nursing experience painless. That's why we will provide reimbursements on state licenses or certification fees.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to your questions about Labor & Delivery Travel Nursing Jobs with Medical Solutions and Travel Nursing in general.

Simply apply here. You can also call us at 1.866.633.3548 and speak with a recruiter, who can answer your questions and send you an information packet. All we need to begin is your application and resume. Once we receive your information, we can begin discussing potential assignments that fit your profile. When you find a job you want, your recruiter will submit you for the job and walk you through the process from there.
Most assignments are 13 weeks in length, but we’ve seen them as short as four weeks and as long as 24. You are obligated to finish your assignment as contracted, but there is no contract binding you to work more assignments afterward. You can take a new assignment right after your last or take a break. It’s all up to you!
Your total compensation package — including your hourly pay, benefits, bonuses, reimbursements, etc. — is completely customized to fit your needs. Pay rates vary from assignment to assignment depending on location, the hospital, your specialty, and other factors.