Introduction to Fetal Heart Monitoring

Introduction to Fetal Heart Monitoring 

This program presents basic concepts in fetal heart monitoring for bedside perinatal care providers. It is divided into five sections, each of which discusses a separate topic and reinforces key elements of fetal assessment:

  • Maternal and fetal physiology
  • Uterine and fetal assessments
  • The instrumentation used in fetal monitoring
  • Monitoring and clinical interventions
  • Risk management techniques


Knowledge checks and section Questions and Answers highlight key learning points. Practice exercises and case studies are designed to reinforce the premise that perinatal clinicians' decisions and assessments regarding fetal heart monitoring can have a positive impact on health of mother and newborn.



Hours: 2.80


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)


AWHONN is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation
AWHONN holds California BRN numbers: California CNE provider #CEP580

Course Details

Hours: 2.8
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 6/30/2020
Learning Objectives:
Delineate the physiological and anatomical aspects of maternal-fetal circulation.
Describe the information about fetal heart rate (FHR) and uterine activity provided by auscultation and palpation.
Define FHR uterine activity characteristics obtained via electronic fetal monitoring.
Interpret electronic fetal heart rate and uterine patterns.
Articulate risk management strategies related to fetal heart monitoring.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Nurses; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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