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Intermediate Fetal Monitoring Course
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Course Description

This comprehensive 2-day instructor-led course is critical for enhancing and validating nurses and physicians' ability to interpret and respond to fetal heart monitoring tracings.


Skills taught and knowledge assessed include:

  • Maternal and fetal physiology
  • Interpretation of fetal and uterine monitor tracings
  • Evaluation of auscultated fetal heart sounds
  • Leopold's Maneuvers
  • Placement of fetal spiral electrodes and intrauterine pressure catheters
  • Evaluation of and strategies for enhancing communication

The course is presented to approximately 15,000 clinicians a year and may be used as a competency assessment to validate the knowledge and skills of perinatal clinicians who utilize fetal monitoring and includes a posttest to assess learner knowledge.

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Expected Level of Learner/Intended Audience

This course assumes that the learner has completed entry-level fetal monitoring education, and is designed for clinicians who utilize fetal heart monitoring in the intrapartum setting.



Eligibility & Participation Requirements



AWHONN Course fees are subject to change. Instructor fees are not included in the AWHONN pricing for materials/course fees. To learn more about course fees and the registration process, please contact the administrator listed for your preferred date and location.

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Contact Hours

18 contact hours of CNE and 15.25 hours of CME are provided.



Supporting Resources

The text entitled Fetal Heart Monitoring Principles & Practices is the primary reference for course preparation.




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