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In obstetric triage, the initial brief nursing assessment of the woman and fetus has traditionally been done on a first-come, first-served basis. One of the problems with this approach is that it does not efficiently identify those women who need urgent or immediate care.


AWHONN has developed the Maternal Fetal Triage Index (MFTI), a tool that provides a standardized approach to obstetric triage. The MFTI is a five-level obstetric acuity tool for nurses to use when they triage a woman presenting for care to a birth unit in order to prioritize the woman's urgency for provider evaluation. It is the first obstetric acuity tool developed by a professional society for use across the United States.


Maternal Fetal Triage Index Educational Course

The Maternal Fetal Triage Index (MFTI) educational course educates perinatal nurses about obstetric triage basics—what triage means in obstetrics, the nurses’ role, and how a systematic approach can be beneficial to improve the process of triage and outcomes.


This online interactive learning introduces AWHONN’s Maternal Fetal Triage Index, a five-level acuity classification index, describing how it is used to prioritize a woman’s urgency for provider evaluation. Clinical cases throughout the course and in the posttest assist the nurse to apply the concepts presented to prioritize the cases.


Maternal Fetal Triage Index Education Course


$49.00 USD Member’s Price

$69.00 USD Non-Member’s Price

CNE Contact Hour(s)

1.0 contact hours
(available through 12/31/2019)

Available Resources Included in the Course

  • Maternal Fetal Triage Index (MFTI) Algorithm
  • Coping with Labor Algorithm
  • AWHONN’s Nursing Care Quality Draft Measure on Triage
  • References


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 Maternal Fetal Triage Index Implementation Communities

AWHONN is committed to assisting hospital leaders in the implementation of key evidence-based initiatives.  As facilitating change can be difficult, AWHONN has created MFTI Implementation Communities for hospital leaders to interact with AWHONN staff and other participating members to best support this change effort.  Implementation Communities include:

  • Purchase of up to 50 seats for online education
  • Participation in three 75 minute conference calls to support implementation and integration of the MFTI acuity tool into the electronic medical record.
  • Learning from and sharing successes and challenges with other members of the Community to identify best practices to implementation of the MFTI in birth units.

Dates for the fall 2017 MFTI Implementation Community are as follows:


  • Informational Call:  May 23, 2017 2-3 PM ET
  • Orientation Call:  August 16, 2017 2-3 PM ET
  • Call #1:  October 11, 2017, 2-3:15 PM ET
  • Call #2: December 13, 2017, 2-3:15 PM ET
  • Call #3: February 14, 2018, 2-3:15 PM ET


If you are interested in participating in the MFTI Implementation Community, please contact Mitty Songer, Associate Director of Product Sales, at or 304-550-3984.


Sample justification letter template - Adjust as needed to meet the needs of your hospital. 




MFTI Video

 AWHONN developed a short video to give you an overview of  the Maternal Fetal Triage Index.  




Please contact AWHONN Permissions for inquiries related to distribution of the MFTI at your facility. 

Examples of situations requiring permission to reproduce, duplicate or post the MFTI online include, but are not limited to:

  • Including the MFTI in your triage policy
  • Integrating the MFTI into your electronic medical record
  • Using an image of the MFTI as part of a presentation  



AWHONN's development of the MFTI is described in two articles available in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing (JOGNN).

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