Would you let a student nurse observe your delivery?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: Would you allow a student RN to observe your delivery?
    Yes, of course! : (203 votes)
    81 %
    Yes, but only if I was having a vaginal delivery. : (1 votes)
    0 %
    Yes, but only if I was having a C-section. : (13 votes)
    5 %
    Nope! No students for me! : (33 votes)
    13 %
    Other (specify) : (2 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 2
    1752 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I think it depends on how it’s presented to me. If you were just there for the birth, it would probably bother me.  If you’d been introduced during labor and were more of a familiar face, then NBD.

    For the record, it has nothing to do with you being a student, I just don’t want a lot of traffic in and out during that time.  We will have a dedicated L&D nurse and there will be very few people in the delivery room with me. 

    Post # 3
    613 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    When I did my maternity rotation I was priviledged to watch a natural birth and c-section, so I really hope you get the chance because it was an amazing experience! However, I did have a mom who did not want me to do assessments on her after the delivery, but it was because she was affiliated with my university and thought it would be too weird. Didn’t blame her at all.

    I felt bad for a male student in my class, no mother would let him do anything! He wasn’t given permission to see a birth or to do any post-partum assessments! Which is ridiculous because if he was a medical student it would have been completely different.

    To answer your question, even though I know it sucks for the student to not be given permission from the patient and how it can seem stupid because in a couple years it will be your job to be there and you would think the patients want you to have as much experience and exposure as possible. I think if I was delivering I wouldn’t allow a student. Maybe if I was having a c-section and it’s a surgical procedure and less intimate, then I would. But I wouldn’t want a student in the room for a natural delivery, just because I want that special moment with my husband and the bare minumum of people who need to be there.

    Post # 4
    2174 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    From what I hear, I won’t care if there is a nursing student, purple unicorn or the Pope himself in the room when I’m delivering.  Everyone has to learn somehow, so why not?

    I think that if asked in the moment, however, I might react differently (aka GETOUTTAMYFACE THIS HURTS0.  This is something the doctors and hospital should clear with mothers upon check-in or pre-admitting, not while in labor.

    Post # 5
    2261 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2009

    I can honestly say I have no idea.  I’ve had students in the exam room during a yearly pap, and was cool w/ that, but obviously the birth of a child is a different situation.  I would love to say that I would be open and relaxed enough to allow it (i mean, helping out a future nurse is a good thing), but who knows what my crazy preggo hormones will think if I ever find myself having a baby. lol 

    Post # 6
    2474 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I don’t have a problem with it. Gotta see it/learn it somehow. From what I hear, there are so many people that see all the bits that at the point, it doesn’t really matter! As long as the room isn’t packed to the brim, I’m sure it would be no big deal. 

    Post # 7
    7013 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    PaisleyMedic:  Absolutely yes! They’ve got to learn sometime. I had lots of people coming through during labor, including at least one student doctor. Two labors ended in C-sections. I don’t think any students were in for that part, but I wouldn’t have minded.

    I’m guessing the mom was an exception and you’ll get plenty of other opportunities.

    Post # 8
    7178 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    If they were just observing and not talking to/asking questions to the doctor, I probably wouldn’t mind very much.

    Post # 9
    4040 posts
    Honey bee

    PaisleyMedic:  Yep, I wouldn’t have a problem with it. Though I haven’t given birth, I have had procedures observed by students (dental and medical).

    I was pre-med at one point and got to observe two spinal surgeries being performed during a summer program I did. It was the most educational, exhilarating experience I ever had. It helped me connect what I read in textbooks with real life practice. Doctors and nurses have to start somewhere, and observations are the safest, easiest way to do it. 

    I hope you get to observe some births soon!


    Post # 10
    1230 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    PaisleyMedic:  nope, but my answer is because giving birth is so personal that the only persons I would want is my dr, my nurse, and my husband. My vagina/uterus isn’t a science expirement. My mother was a nurse, FYI, so it’s not that I’m unsympathetic.

    Post # 11
    313 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    PaisleyMedic:  I would be fine with it. I’m having a home birth and will have two student midwives at my birth. I think as long as it’s done in a reverent, respectable manner.. No problem. 

    Post # 12
    42076 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I would have no problem letting a student observe. Being a Registered Nurse myself, I have an appreciation for the fact that students need experiences if they are to be competent new graduates.

    Having had 2 children myself, I can tell you that I didn’t care who was in the delivery  room as long as those babies were delivered safely, nor would I mind if my assigned nurse had a student with her through my labour.

    Post # 13
    1607 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I had a c-section in Nov and while there were no students during the surgery, there were a few in recovery. Honestly, I wouldn’t have cared if a student RN was there, they need to learn! Mine was a planned c-section, so I didn’t go through labor, my opinion might be different if I did. Also, c-sections are no less personal than natural. They were all up in my business several times because of the cath.

    then again, my nurses said I was one of the most laid back moms they had ever had. 

    Post # 14
    1583 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    PaisleyMedic:  I’d have no problem with it!  Observing is a big way for student nurses and doctors to learn.

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