Intermediate Fetal Heart Monitoring is the first instructor-led course in the FHM learning pathway designed by AWHONN.
In particular, this 2-day class consists of didactic content, hands-on skills stations, plus, a knowledge integration test. To summarize, Intermediate Fetal Heart Monitoring facilitates difficult concepts by presenting content in a standardized format. Additionally, this course also serves as an educational assessment to validate the knowledge and skills of experienced perinatal clinicians. Also, participants who successfully complete the skills stations, including the integration test, receive a statement of Intermediate Fetal Monitoring Course Knowledge Validation by AWHONN. To illustrate, the skills stations covered offer demonstration, practice, plus testing of the following:
- Maternal and fetal physiology
- Further, evaluation of auscultated fetal heart sounds
- Leopold’s maneuvers
- Placement of intrauterine pressure catheter, plus, fetal spiral electrode
- Moreover, interpretation of fetal and uterine monitor tracingsIncluding, but not limited to, identification of indicated clinical interventions
- Last but not least, strategies for enhancing communication, not to mention, methods for documentation
The Intermediate course is for clinicians who have completed a Basic Fetal Heart Monitoring class and who utilize Fetal Heart Monitoring in the intrapartum setting. Otherwise, (Clinicians only experienced in antenatal patient care, much less, fetal heart assessment or limited intrapartum care may require additional didactic and/or clinical experience to gain the required knowledge base). In summary, Nurses, including Physicians who attend this course may receive continuing education credits for full participation by AWHONN.