As a charge nurse who has worked in L&D for nearly 20 years, in a hospital that has delivered almost 5300 babies in just the last year alone, I believe that your skills in adult critical care will be a tremendous asset to you as you transition into this specialty. A great L&D nurse has strong critical thinking skills, is a team player, and is fearless when advocating for his / her patients. It is such a rush to be a part of such an important event in a patient's life. Oh, and don't worry about 'losing' any skills you have gained while working in critical care. Depending on where you work, there will still be plenty of opportunities to work with cardiac patients, trauma patients, psych patients, med/ surg patients, OR patients, insulin drips, art lines, well you get the idea. Just a small word of warning... some other specialities don't 'get' L&D and think of it as 'fluff' nursing. That couldn't be farther from the truth... plan on being challenged in ways you never dreamed of. I wouldn't have it any other way and I have never regretted my decision to help a family be born. Welcome to the L&D family and wishing you lots and lots of happy 'birth' days!!!