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Fetal heart monitoring education remains at the forefront of the clinical knowledge nurses and physicians need when caring for women and newborns. For more than 20 years, AWHONN has been the leader in providing this education through live courses, books, webinars and online learning.


Today, more than 2,000 instructors teach the AWHONN Fetal Heart Monitoring (FHM) Program and hundreds of thousands of physicians and nurses have participated.








The need for this critical information remains central to providing quality care, as noted in a recent report compiled by CRICO Strategies*:


  • 65% of OB cases involve high-severity injuries, including maternal and infant deaths
  • Inconsistencies in data interpretation, and miscommunication among obstetrical team members in the midst of such discrepancies, are at the root of most OB cases
  • 43% of obstetrical malpractice claims originating from small hospitals involve issues related to staff training and education
  • Harm to the mother or baby during an assisted delivery is commonly related to poor decisions or inadequate technical skill


Whether you require an introduction to fetal heart monitoring, have a need to reinforce your knowledge, or are ready for advanced content, AWHONN is the recognized leader in obstetrics education. AWHONN's in-person and online formats are convenient, evidence-based and provide the essential tools for educating the entire team. 97% of students who participated in AWHONN's Fetal Heart Monitoring Program stated it would improve their ability to care for patients. Regardless of where you are along your journey of fetal monitoring knowledge, you'll find a program to meet your needs.



Introduction to Fetal Heart Monitoring

Introduction to Fetal Heart Monitoring Online Course - an interactive program designed to fit a convenient schedule for any learner.

Fetal Heart Monitoring Principles and Practices Textbook - the foundation reference for all courses and components of the AWHONN FHM program.


Intermediate Fetal Heart Monitoring 

Live Intermediate Fetal Heart Monitoring Course - The popular in-person, two-day course is taught across the U.S. To find a location near you, search here.

Fetal Heart Monitoring Case Assessment and Testing Program (Intermediate Level) - This online interactive simulation program is perfect for assessing or refreshing knowledge.

Fetal Heart Monitoring Case Assessment & Testing (FHMCAT) 

This online interactive simulation program assesses "real-life" judgments of learners as they interpret and choose how to respond to EFM tracings. The program is designed to supplement classroom learning and enhance clinicians' ability to analyze tracings by providing feedback with rationales. 


Advanced Fetal Heart Monitoring

This course is designed for clinicians who previously completed the AWHONN Intermediate Fetal Monitoring Course, a comparable fetal monitoring educational program and/or who hold certification or added credentials in fetal heart monitoring. 


Fetal Heart Monitoring Case Assessment & Testing Advanced Level (FHMCAT) 

The program is designed to supplement classroom learning and enhance clinicians' critical thinking skills by providing feedback with rationales and scoring of decisions compared to expert reviewers.


Intermediate Instructor Course

This 1-day instructor-trainer led course presents principles and application of adult learning theory for teaching the Intermediate Fetal Monitoring Course and is the first step for individuals who wish to become AWHONN FHM Program Instructors.


About Instructors

Once you have met the criteria for participation, this one-day, in-person course will assist you in becoming an AWHONN Fetal Heart Monitoring Instructor for the intermediate course and identifies requirements for teaching the advanced course. Join the more than 2,000 professionals who have earned this prestigious designation and help other clinicians along their journey of fetal monitoring education.


Hospital Systems/Facilities

If you are a hospital systems/facility that wants  to bring the AWHONN FHM Program into your facilities, download our Getting Started document created just for you. 
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Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

AWHONN is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP580. Accredited status does not imply endorsement by AWHONN or the American Nurses Credentialing Center of any commercial products displayed or discussed in conjunction with educational activities.

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