Basic Fetal Heart Monitoring

About Basic Fetal Heart Monitoring

Basic Fetal Heart Monitoring is a comprehensive introductory course; hence, candidates do not require experience to attend this class. Experienced RN’s, on the other hand, are recommended to attend an Intermediate or Advanced FHM course. In summary, participants will learn the skills needed to perform fetal surveillance through electronic Fetal Monitoring.

To begin with, students will overview the role of the nurse during the antepartum period; as well as how to properly acquire the information needed to conduct appropriate antenatal tests. Further, different methods of uterine and fetal monitoring will be discussed. In particular, students will learn how to determine if a patient requires internal versus external fetal monitoring.

In addition, this course will define the etiologies related to characteristics of the baseline fetal heart rate, variability, plus fetal heart deceleration’s. Similarly, students will learn how to identify and respond to category II and III fetal heart strips. Nursing interventions for non-reassuring patterns will be also deliberated. Last but not least, students will have the opportunity to practice assessments of FHR strips.

Why you should choose NEO for Basic Fetal Heart Monitoring

Nurses Educational Opportunities holds a genuine passion for women’s and children’s health. Most notably, Maternal mortality rates in the United States have steadily increased; in view of this fact, we have sought to improve maternal outcomes by preparing nurses on how to adequately perform maternal child care. Accordingly, our instructors will ensure that learners feel ready to prepare mothers for a successful outcome. Lastly, upon completion of the Basic Fetal Heart Monitoring class, students will acquire the skills to carry-out appropriate nursing interventions.

Course Information

Course Fee: $150.00

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Awarded 6 Contact Education Hours

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The Baby Friendly Initiative History

Congratulations Southern California Nurses, for your efforts in promoting the Baby Friendly Initiative. Hospitals and Maternal-Child Health departments have set a powerful example for women nationwide. To summarize, in 2007 only 29% of USA hospitals used breastfeeding measures. By 2013, this percentage increased to 54%. Additionally, in California, rates increased to as much as 94% for some breastfeeding and 70% for exclusive breastfeeding. Indeed, the attainment of Baby Friendly designation has proven to be a strenuous, but worthwhile journey. More than one million infants die worldwide every year because they are not breastfed exclusively for 6 months.  If 90% of babies were breastfed exclusively for 6 months, 911 lives could be saved. In addition, $13 billion could be saved in healthcare costs.  What is the Baby Friendly Initiative? The Baby Friendly Initiative was launched worldwide in 1992 in collaboration with WHO and UNICEF as a quality improvement project. This initiative is a global effort that encourages governments to develop and implement a policy on infant feeding. To clarify, hospitals who provide a positive environment for breastfeeding receive the coveted Baby Friendly recognition.  This process is not easy! Hospitals, must work rigorously to implement strict standards as outlined by the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. Secondly, healthcare staff must ensure that breastfeeding rates remain above a certain percentage to retain Baby Friendly status.  Most notably, the goal is to empower healthcare workers with appropriate education to provide effective breastfeeding counseling. What does it mean to be a Baby Friendly Hospital? Baby Friendly designation means that maternal child health departments have successfully implemented the Baby Friendly Initiative’s Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. In short, these steps include: providing appropriate education to enable mothers to make informed decisions about infant nutrition; also, encouraging skin-to-skin immediately following birth; and offering Lactation Specialist services throughout and beyond the hospital stay. Not only does this initiative help to reestablish optimal infant nutrition, but it has also proven to improve health outcomes in developed countries. In summary, the risks of formula feeding for infants include: an elevated risks of childhood obesity; type 1 and type 2 diabetes; leukemia; and sudden infant death syndrome. Moreover, in women, the lack breastfeeding increases the incidence of: pre-menopausal breast cancer, as well as, ovarian cancer; retained gestational weight gain; type 2 diabetes; myocardial infarction; and metabolic syndrome. Southern California hospitals who implemented the Baby Friendly Initiative It is essential for California obstetrical nurses to continue protecting breastfeeding and maternal-child bonding. The percentages of breastfeeding varied among all California hospitals. Below is a summarized list of Southern California hospitals who have: successfully implemented the Baby Friendly Initiative and Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding; or, met the Healthy People 2020 Breastfeeding Objectives; including, hospitals who promote the International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes. California hospital feeding rates are acquired from Genetic Newborn Screenings collected within 24 hours after birth. This data does not accurately reflect ongoing breastfeeding after 24 hours of birth. Alternatively, this data does indeed demonstrate that the proponents of Breastfeeding have been successful in their efforts to communicate the value of Breastfeeding to the community. For more information on breastfeeding rates visit the California’s Department of Public Health website. Hoag Hospital Some breastfeeding = 96% Exclusive breastfeeding = 75% St. Jude Medical Center Some breastfeeding = 93% Exclusive breastfeeding = 63% St. Joseph Hospital Some breastfeeding = 94% Exclusive breastfeeding = 80% UC Irvine Medical Center Some breastfeeding = 91% Exclusive breastfeeding = 70% Community Hospital of  San Bernadino Some breastfeeding = 90% Exclusive breastfeeding = 65% Arrowhead Regional Medical Center Some breastfeeding = 88% Exclusive breastfeeding = 77% Loma Linda University Medical Center Some breastfeeding = 92% Exclusive breastfeeding = 71% Kaiser, San Diego Some breastfeeding = 97% Exclusive breastfeeding = 79% Palomar Medical Center Some breastfeeding = 96% Exclusive breastfeeding = 72% Paradise Valley Hospital Some breastfeeding = 96% Exclusive breastfeeding = 72% Scripps Memorial Hospital, Ecinitas Some breastfeeding = 97% Exclusive breastfeeding = 91% Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla Some breastfeeding = 98% Exclusive breastfeeding = 87% Scripps Mercy Hospital, Chula Visa Some breastfeeding = 96% Exclusive breastfeeding = 83% Scripps Mercy, San Diego Some breastfeeding = 96% Exclusive breastfeeding = 85% Sharp Chula Vista Some breastfeeding = 95% Exclusive breastfeeding = 73% Sharp Grossmont Some breastfeeding = 94% Exclusive breastfeeding = 72% Sharp Mary Birch Hospital Some breastfeeding = 92% Exclusive breastfeeding = 81% Tri-city Medical Center Some breastfeeding = 96% Exclusive breastfeeding = 74% UC San Diego Medical Center Some breastfeeding = 96% Exclusive breastfeeding = 75% The history of breastfeeding The history of breastfeeding is a fascinating topic. In the beginning breast milk was the only available food for infants. Wet nurses served as alternatives when mothers became ill or passed away. Subsequently, the industrial revolution took place and the need to work caused women to separate from their infants. Wet nurses became a commodity and thus desired or required by many people. As a result, the cost of their services increased. As a matter of fact, early in the 20th century, the attainment of a wet nurse served as a status symbol for the wealthy. For disadvantaged mothers, “dry nurses” irrupted. However, dry nurses often fed newborn infants pablum, an inadequate form of nutrition for infants less than six months of age. Furthermore, the proliferation of American Hospitals in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s further caused a divide between mothers and their own breast-milk. During this time hospital’s advertised their environment as a safer and cleaner place to deliver infants compared to midwives. Anti-midwife and wet nurse propaganda further antagonized their reputation. Articles and posters such as these left a bad taste in people’s mouths. Consequently, society began to shift away from longstanding maternal care practices. In addition, advances to formula feeding further led to the substitution of artificial feeding. As a result, formula milk became known as scientifically superior to breast milk and formula companies were born. The Maternalist Movement The Maternalist movement began with a group of women who wanted to “clean up the environment.” Overall, these reformers encouraged wives and mothers to make the world a safer and cleaner place to live in. Technology provided that possibility in regards to infant nutrition. Well-off mothers could take pride in providing the latest nutritional technology for their babies, whereas underprivileged women could not afford bottles or formula milk. Over time, breastfeeding became associated with uneducated and low income women. On the other hand, formula feeding became affiliated with more civilized, well-off, and conscientious mothers, Additionally, maternalists were enthusiastic about scheduling. They encouraged women to run their home in a clean, organized manner with a passion for scheduling babies. In fact, their motto was “A good mother is a scheduling mother.” According to the standards of the movement, Breastfeeding was to occur only during certain hours of the day. For example, they encouraged four hours of rest between feedings and not at all during nighttime hours. Lastly, this movement unknowingly supported formula milk by causing lactation insufficiency, therefore prompting mothers to turn to formula feedings. Formula promotion In the 1960’s and 1970’s aggressive formula promotion led to wide-spread abandonment of breastfeeding. In addition, companies enlisted hospitals and healthcare professionals to distribute formula by providing free samples. Being that formula was expensive, mothers often diluted the compound to make it last longer. Consequently, many infants died of malnutrition and infections. Moreover, the rapid increase of infant mortality rates in 1974 inspired the United Kingdom to publish “The Baby Killer,” which documented the horrific results of formula feeding. In particular, this booklet exhibited graphic images of malnourished infants and starving infants. Even more, in the past, the United States government went to extreme measures to support formula manufacturers and lobbyists; for the reason that it preserved the US economy. The national battle between Breast Milk and Formula Milk Most noteworthy, in response to the associated risks of formula milk the World Health Organization developed the Who Code, also known as International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes. To summarize, WHO’s international health policy declares that the advertisement of formula products are unethical and causes harm to infants. Therefore, formula milk sales or free handouts should be legally restricted. Other proposals of the WHO code include: Restriction of free formula samples given by the hospitals Removal of misleading labels that suggest formula is healthier than breast milk Prevention of marketing through healthcare providers that idealize bottle feeding. Furthermore, the Carter administration, which governed from 1977-1981, was pro-code. In contrast, the Reagan administration opposed the policy due to the fact that it would impact American Corporations. In 1981, under the Reagan administration, the U.S cast the only vote against the WHO code. Formula lobbyists were behind the decision to reject the code. As a result, the U.S. became the leader in restricting formula marketing strategies. During this time Nestle was the largest manufacturer of formula products. The international battle between Breast Milk and Formula Milk Each nation had the option to implement or reject The WHO Code. The results were: 118 countries adopted the code. 3 countries abstained 1 country voted against the Code – that was the U.S. Most notably, the United States government argued the WHO code by using the prospect of antibiotics and clean water supplies to continue making safe and viable formula. The U.S. stands alone as the one modern democracy that has not found a way to reconcile its financial, political, and philosophical concerns. The Code does not restrict manufacturing, sales and use of formula, it is only about marketing. Currently, most nations have legislation to enforce the code, while the U.S. does not. In addition, all major formula companies claim to be Code compliant, but according to a watch dog group (IBFAN), none are. How formula makers get around the law Direct marketing through healthcare facilities with free samples is still legal and commonly seen. In actuality, it is not really free. Formula companies simply increase the cost of formula powder to offset the “free samples.” Other examples include: Similac sponsors the web site Enfamil sponsors WebMD Nestle sponsors “World Breastfeeding Week” and all materials are adorned with formula company logos. Moreover, when disasters occur the American Red Cross arrives with formula sponsored by companies to save the day. This cost of formula milk Formula feeding and all that needs to be purchased can consume 25-50% of the family income. These include: The purchase of formula The purchase of bottles and nipples The healthcare cost of childhood conditions that breast milk could have prevented Also, breastfeeding contributes to natural birth spacing which can decrease unwanted pregnancies. Global strategies to improve breastfeeding rates The Global Strategy urges that hospital routines and procedures remain fully supportive of the successful initiation and establishment of breastfeeding through the Baby Friendly Initiative. Including: Reassessment of Baby Friendly designated facilities. Expanding the Baby Friendly Initiative to include clinics, health centers, and pediatric hospitals. Furthermore, all governments should develop and implement a comprehensive policy on infant and young child feeding; in the context of national policies for nutrition, child and reproductive health, and poverty reduction. All mothers should have access to skilled support to initiate and sustain exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months. In addition, healthcare workers should ensure the timely introduction of adequate and safe complementary foods, certainly, with continued breastfeeding for up to two years or beyond. Healthcare workers should be empowered to provide effective feeding counseling. Additionally, their services should be extended in the community by trained lay or peer counselors. Also, governments should review progress in national implementation of the International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes. Similarly, new legislation or additional measures should be created to protect families from adverse commercial influences. Last but not least, governments should enact imaginative legislation protecting the breastfeeding rights of working women, to include, establishing a means for its enforcement in accordance with international labor standards. So far, the best strategy for improving breastfeeding rates has been the Baby Friendly Initiative. Although other strategies exist and…

Klebsiella pneumoniae and Healthcare Acquired Infections

Do you know why Healthcare Acquired Infections are on the rise? One reason is Klebsiella pneumoniae. Actually, Klebsiella pneumoniae CAN be a friendly bacterium, especially to our environment and GI tract; but nurses don’t turn your back! These little capsule wearing, sticky suckers can cause serious havoc to the fragile lungs. To put it briefly, Klebsiella pneumoniae can be an opportunistic bacterium. In fact, it can cause a dangerous form of bacterial pneumonia in children, the elderly and immunocompromised individuals. Contact with feces allows people to serve as reservoirs and transmit the bacteria from person to person. Under those circumstances, these individuals can become severely ill or die from complications. So, Nurses wash your hands because we are running out of antibiotics! Although the percentage of total infections are a mere 8%, the percentage of its resistance to antibiotics is an alarming 29%. In the past, the drug carbapenem treated bacterial pneumonia caused Klebsiella pneumoniae. Yet, as of recent times there has been major difficulties in treating bacterial infections with antibiotics due to RESISTANCE. Similar to Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA, Klebsiella pneumoniae developed a resistance to carbapenem. Meaning, Klebsiella is becoming harder to kill! Also, we cannot deny the fact that we are truly running out of antibiotics. Moreover, Carbapenem, already being a highly potent, broad spectrum, last-line-of-defense antibiotic is no longer effective against the resistant form. So the question is if most antibiotics are not working then what else do we have? In fact, not all persons infected with Klebsiella pneumoniae have the resistant form of the infection. That’s a relief! Nurses don’t let this resistant form spread! Help prevent Healthcare Acquired Infections According to the Centers for Disease Control, the key in treating antibiotic resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae is to identify the resistant strain. Next, applying strict contact precautions can further prevent the spread of infection. Most cases of carbapenem resistant pneumonia caused by Klebsiella pneumoniae were attributed to transmission from patient to patient in the hospital setting. Either carelessness from the healthcare provider or lack of guidelines or strict regulations for patient safety are attributed to the spread of carbapenem resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae. In conclusion, strict surveillance of the disease combined with strict adherence of hospital protocol can help prevent healthcare acquired infections caused by Klebsiella pnemoniae, among many others. So Nurses, Gear up- Gloves, Gowns, and Face-mask (if needed), and don’t forget to wash your hands thoroughly! To further prove our point regarding the rapid spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria check out Stanford’s video on the Evolution of Bacteria on a “Mega-Plate” Petri Dish. References: Case, C.L., Funke, B.R., Tortora, G.J. (2019). Microbiology: An introduction (13th). United States of America. Pearson Education Inc. Guidance for Control of Infections with Carbapenem-Resistant or Carbapenemase-Producing Enterobacteriaceae in Acute Care Facilities. (2009). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved from  

Become a Breastfeeding Advocate

Education for professionals, or the lack of it, has been and continues to be a barrier to breastfeeding. A healthcare provider’s attitude, personal beliefs and values can greatly impact a mother’s ability to initiate or maintain breastfeeding. Certainly, the lack of support from healthcare providers is related to the difficulties healthy women experience with breastfeeding. Despite efforts to improve breastfeeding management, healthcare professionals, including doctors and nurses, continue to give poor advice on this matter. Poor advice has taken different forms; sometimes it actually has been no advice. Moreover, patients wholeheartedly trust their primary nurses and doctors. Healthcare providers who are not proficient in breastfeeding promotion, initiation and protection may advice patients to bottle feed. Consequently, the mother trusting her primary healthcare provider, complies and accepts the decision to artificially feed her infant. Why are most healthcare providers not versed in teaching successful breastfeeding? Several studies have shown that formal education regarding breastfeeding in nursing and medical school curricula lacks detail, depth, and hands-on practice. Consequently, the lack of breastfeeding education in school’s results in professionals learning lactation from clinical experience. Not only is it optimal, but it is possible to successfully integrate lactation management into our healthcare curriculum.  Those who have done so have found it tremendously rewarding. Why is it important to teach mothers how to breastfeed? According the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, due to the lack of breastfeeding, the US spends approximately 13 billion dollars in healthcare costs. Most concerning, each year 911 infant deaths occur for the reason that infants don’t receive optimal infant nutrition. Death tolls and healthcare costs increase in any nation where breastfeeding rates fall below medical recommendations. Additionally, the United States has not yet met the goal to have 75% initiate and maintain breastfeeding until infants are 6 months of age. Therefore, the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization and UNICEF that recognize hospitals and birthing centers who offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding. It is imperative that any healthcare provider in the Maternal Child Health Environment learn the best methods to improve breastfeeding outcomes for mothers and infants. Who exactly needs lactation training? Anyone who works with mothers during the prenatal, labor, and postpartum stage should be knowledgeable in educating mothers on how to breastfeed. Nurses have the biggest impact on how a mother will perceive breastfeeding; due to the fact that nurses have the most contact during the intrauterine to extra uterine journey. Here is how nurses should help: First of all, prenatal care nurses should inform mothers on the advantages of breastfeeding and consequences of formula feeding. Labor and delivery nurses should initiate skin to skin contact the moment the baby is born; this enhances oxytocin which helps trigger breastfeeding. Additionally, Labor nurses should reassure mothers who have had C-sections or those who delivered premature or sick infants, that they too can nurse. Postpartum nurses can help breastfeeding to continue by promoting frequent maternal-infant contact during the mother’s hospital stay. Also, they should observe the mother’s effectiveness to breastfeed and intervene if necessary. Interventions can include re-positioning, observing the latch or for more serious problems referring the Lactation Consultant. The Neonatal Intensive Care nurse also plays an essential role in the promotion and maintenance of breastfeeding. NICU nurses can encourage Kangaroo Care if needed, collect breast milk, and promote closeness and boding with mothers and their infants. In any stage, mothers and their families need to be constantly informed about infant feeding options. The purpose of continual patient education regarding breastfeeding is to help parents make informed decisions based on awareness of alternatives. Last but not least, Nurses Educational Opportunities supports The World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund’s efforts to educate nurses in the following: Social and Cultural Factors influencing Breastfeeding Psychological Factors influencing Breastfeeding Biological Factors influencing Breastfeeding Techniques and management of Breastfeeding Counseling common problems related to lactation Nutritional values of breast milk Local programs that aim to support breastfeeding mothers The question of breastfeeding advocacy and education for mothers is interesting because breastfeeding for a long time was considered a lost art. Thus, new graduates of nursing since the 1940’s did not know the value of breastfeeding. Even until recently nurses may not truly understand the importance of breast milk and the wonderful benefits it has for both the mother and child. Our lactation training course aims to inspire all nurses to want to promote and protect breastfeeding for all mothers. Additionally, this course helps prepare nurses with the initial hours needed to become and IBCLC or lactation consultant. As a lactation consultant you will have more autonomy in helping mothers to succeed with breastfeeding as well as be able to work with more severe problems such as; inverted nipples, infants with cleft palates or down syndromes, mothers suffering from mastitis or edema, and the list of problems is never-ending. We hope that this article inspires you to want to research more about optimal infant feeding; including the pros and cons of formula milk for both mother and child. We encourage anyone with questions to reach out to Nurses Educational Opportunities for any questions.

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This class was great! I loved how easy to understand Jane made the course. It goes very in depth but Jane helps you get the big picture concepts.