This week on the Mommy Labor Nurse podcast, I had the opportunity to chat with a male L&D nurse. Which is not something I come across every day! So during Sunday Story Questions a couple of months ago one of you guys asked if I had ever worked with a male labor and delivery nurse […]

This week on the Mommy Labor Nurse podcast, I had the opportunity to chat with a male L&D nurse. Which is not something I come across every day!

So during Sunday Story Questions a couple of months ago one of you guys asked if I had ever worked with a male labor and delivery nurse before – I knew they existed, but I actually hadn’t ever connected with one if you can believe it!

So naturally, that got me curious about what it’s like to be a male L&D nurse and what it’s like working in a predominately female-based field. Well, I put out a little box on Instagram asking a male L&D nurse to connect, and that’s how I met this week’s podcast guest, AJ!

You guys are going to absolutely love AJ, he was so much fun to chat with, and he is also HILARIOUS! I thought he was the perfect person to join me this week, and I can’t wait for you guys to listen, so let’s dive right in!

A peek into what we talked about

  • An introduction, where you’re from, about your family, where you work/what you do, etc.
  • What is it like being a male L&D nurse? Especially in a predominately female field.
  • What got you interested in L&D and nursing in general? What did you do before L&D?
  • What’s your favorite part about being an L&D nurse? Or maybe your favorite type of patient?
  • Do you ever have boundary issues you face with certain patients? 
  • Do you feel like you are stigmatized or treated any different way being a male in L&D? I personally think that there are so many male OBGYNs so why not nurses!
  • Can you share a few memorable moments from births you’ve attended?
  • What advice would you give to a FTM that’s about to give birth?

About AJ Kalayil

AJ has been a labor and delivery nurse for almost a decade. He was the first male OB nurse at both Chicago hospitals he has worked at. Working as a male nurse in OB has been such a rewarding experience for AJ and also a muse for starting his own family.

He has two beautiful toddlers with his husband James in Chicago. AJ recently graduated from a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program where he wishes to advance his career in caring for the perinatal mental health population. 

Connect with AJ on Instagram: @2ajit2quit

Liesel Teen, BSN-RN
Founder, Mommy Labor Nurse

Meet your host

Hi there. I'm Liesel!

As a labor and delivery nurse, I've spent countless hours with women who felt anxious — even fearful — about giving birth. I want you to know it doesn't have to be that way for you!

When you know what to expect and have the tools to navigate the experience, you'll feel confident and in control.

I believe you deserve a better birth — no matter how you deliver.