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AWHONN Intermediate Fetal Monitoring

AWHONN Promoting the Health of Women and Newborns

Speaker: Juli Weaver RN MSN, EFM-C, AWHONN Instructor Trainer

The purpose of the Intermediate Fetal Monitoring Course is to promote integration of knowledge and skills essential for clinical assessment, promotion, and evaluation of fetal well-being during labor.

The Intermediate Fetal Monitoring Course focuses on the application of essential fetal heart monitoring and skills in intrapartum clinical practice. This comprehensive 2-day course includes the following elements:
  • Analysis of case scenarios requiring synthesis of key principles pertinent to the physiologic basis of fetal heart monitoring
  • Tracing interpretation
  • Selection and evaluation of clinical interventions
  • Verbal and written communication skills
The skill stations focus on demonstration, practice and testing of skills pertaining to the following:
  • Auscultation of the fetal heart rate
  • Performing Leopoldís maneuvers
  • Placement of an intrauterine pressure catheter and fetal spiral electrode
  • Interpretation of fetal heart tracings
  • Communication and documentation
Course Objectives:
  • Assess EFM tracings utilizing NICHD terminology
  • Interpret EFM tracings, analyze uterine activity and discuss the implications of contractions on fetal well-being
  • Describe clinical interventions and the related maternal-fetal physiology
  • Effectively communicate patient data through verbal and documentation methods
  • Describe roles and responsibilities of health care providers when using FHM in intrapartum care
  • Demonstrate selected fetal monitoring skills
Expected Level of the Learner:
The Intermediate Fetal Monitoring Course builds on the knowledge and skills of experienced nurses and physicians. It is designed for registered nurses and physicians who have previously completed a basic or foundations FHM course and who use fetal heart assessment and monitoring technology in an intrapartum setting. It is not an introductory-level fetal monitoring course.

Continuing Education Credit:
Those who attend and participate in the entire course will receive 18.0 contact hours of continuing nursing education credit or 15.25 continuing medical education credit. Participation in the entire course is necessary. Knowledge validation is awarded when all skill stations are successfully completed with a passing score.

AWHONN is accredited as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Centerís Commission on Accreditation. AWHONN also holds a California BRN number: California CNE provider #CEP580.

PLEASE NOTE: Study materials are to be purchased separately by participant. Contact Kendall/Hunt at (800) 338-8290 or email at A current course validation number is required when ordering the Intermediate Course Student packet. Participants will not be allowed into the class without a new Intermediate Course Student packet. Please allow two weeks for delivery.

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