This major is a program that prepares registered nurses to provide prenatal care to pregnant women and to mothers and their newborn infants.
Includes instruction in perinatal and newborn health assessment, stabilization, and care; pathophysiology of pregnancy, fetuses, and the newborn; clinical management of high-risk pregnancies and newborns; perinatal and neonatal technology and clinical procedures; and patient education.
Search for colleges that offer a degree in Maternal/Child Health and Neonatal Nurse/Nursing Major (use the College Search feature and enter "maternal" in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.
What can you do with a major/degree in Maternal/Child Health and Neonatal Nurse/Nursing Major?
As nurse in this specialized field, you will be responsible for taking vital signs, ensuring proper thermoregulation, drawing labs, performing head-to-toe assessments, feeding patients, and watching for very subtle changes in condition that could signify a decline in patient status. You will be working day-to-day taking care of critically ill babies.
Organizations in Maternal/Child Health and Neonatal Nurse/Nursing Major
Professional associations are groups of professionals dedicated to topics in specific fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.
- Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses
- American Nurses Association
- American Board of Nursing Specialties
- National Student Nurses Association
- Nurses Peer Support Network
- Association for Nursing Professional Development
- Travel Nursing
- National Association of School Nurses
Publications/Magazines in Maternal/Child Health and Neonatal Nurse/Nursing