Originally Posted by Lousli
My mother was a nurse for about 15 years until she futhered her training and became a CNM. She hated nursing because she wanted to do what she felt was best for her patients but often that was directly opposed to what the doctor ordered or hospital policy. You might consider that as a hospital L&D nurse, you will provide support to those wanting natural birth, but they might be few and far in between. You will be upping the dose of Pitocin if the doctor asks you to, handing him/her the scissors for the episiotomy, holding the patient's hand as they give her an epidural...
Just for the record, I've had two hospital births with epidurals and I'm not completely opposed to the hospital setting or pain meds. My nurses and those that took care of my baby in the NICU were some of the kindest most supportive people I've met. But it is important, IMO to think about the nitty gritty of hospital birth if you chose to be part of it. That is what has kept me from entering nursing.
On that same note, speaking from the nursing side, it's also nice to be able to be someone in the medical community who DOES encourage the more natural side of things, won't push meds, supports mothers' decisions, etc. I'm a nurse who's TOTALLY supportive of an all natural birth (in fact, I'd prefer it both for myself and anyone else who wants it) or of delaying newborn meds, for example.
So there's two sides to it- sure, you're definately able to do more outside of the hospital setting, but there are advantages for you and your pt's if you DO choose to go with nursing.