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Fetal Monitoring

Doctor Examining Pregnant Woman

Introduction to Fetal Monitoring  

This course is ideal for anyone providing care for expectant moms and want to learn about the Fetal Monitoring Process.   While not required, some fetal monitoring experience is suggested.   


Participants will learn the skills needed to asses intrauterine fetal wellbeing through electronic Fetal Monitoring.

Participants will discuss: 

  • The role of the nurse while monitoring patients for fetal well-being.

  • Assessing important data needed to conduct appropriate fetal monitoring.

  • NICHD terminology

  • Factors that determine the use of internal vs external monitoring.

  • Differences between Fetal Monitoring Categories   

  • Characteristics of the Fetal Heart Rate Pattern:     

    • Baseline Fetal Heart Rate   

    • Fetal Hear Rate Variability 

    • Periodic vs Episodic Changes  


Participants will also practice and discuss assessing several Case Studies and Fetal Heart Rate strips.

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Intermediate Fetal Monitoring

AWHONN's Intermediate Fetal Monitoring course addresses principles of fetal heart monitoring and may be used as a knowledge assessment tool to validate comprehension of experienced perinatal clinicians.


The steps to complete the training:

1.  Online

  • PreCourse Work 


2.  In person

  • Lecture

  • Interpretation of fetal monitoring tracings

  • Identification of physiologically based clinical interventions

  • Principles of communication and risk management 

  • Use of NICHD terminology

  • Hands-on Skill Stations

    • Performing Leopold maneuvers

    • Placement of an intrauterine pressure catheter

    • Placement of a fetal spiral electrode


3.  Online

  • Validation Test​


Successful completion of the online knowledge validation test is required to receive CNE/CME for the course.

This course can be used to support preparation for certification examinations.

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Accreditation Statements

The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Accredited status does not imply endorsement by AWHONN or ANCC of any commercial products discussed/displayed in conjunction with the educational activity.

AWHONN is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP580

t – Physicians, this activity was planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of AffinityCE and AWHONN. AffinityCE is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

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