No matter what stage you are in your career AWHONN’s FHM program has a course for you. AWHONN is the recognized leader in obstetric education. AWHONN’s convenient online and in-person formats are evidence-based and provide the essential tools necessary for educating the entire team. Chart your course in FHM.

For hospitals interested in getting started with FHM download the Getting Started Guide for Hospitals.

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An Introduction to Fetal Heart Monitoring

CNE/CME contact hours: 2.8/none
Format: self-paced online course

Take if: You’re a perinatal clinician new to the field or an experienced nurse seeking a refresher on the latest evidence-based best practices.

Cost: $70.00 for members/non-members

This interactive online program provides a basic introduction to fetal heart monitoring.  The course modules cover maternal-fetal oxygenation, fetal heart rate auscultation, contraction palpation, electronic monitoring instrumentation, tracing analysis and interpretation, along with principles of documentation, communication and risk management.  Periodic exercises and knowledge checks are included.

Intermediate Fetal Heart Monitoring Course

CNE/CME contact hours: 18/15:25
Format: Two day, Instructor-led course

Take if: You’re a clinician who has completed based education and use fetal heart monitoring in the intrapartum setting.

Cost: $120 member/non-member
Large volume discounts are available for orders placed through Kendall Hunt Publishing.

Note: Instructor fees for teaching the courses are not included in the listed AWHONN prices.

This course addresses principles of fetal heart monitoring and may be used as a knowledge assessment tool to validate comprehension of experienced perinatal clinicians.    This course includes lecture, hands-on skill station exercises about fetal heart rate auscultation, performing Leopold’s Maneuvers, placement of an intrauterine pressure catheter and fetal spiral electrode, interpretation of tracings, identification of physiologically based clinical interventions, communication and documentation.

Fetal Heart Monitoring Simulation – Intermediate &

Advanced Courses

CNE/CME contact hours: 1.5 Contact hours available through 12/31/22
Format: Self-paced online

Take if: The interactive simulation program may be used as interval education to complement, but does not replace instructor-led courses.

Cost: $49.00 members/$69.00 non-members

For Individual learners visit AWHONN’s learning center
For group and hospital purchasers please contact: Mitty Songer at hospitalproducts@awhonn.org

AWHONN now offers 4 online courses to help you stay abreast of the latest evidence-based best practices.

  • Fetal Heart Monitoring Simulation Intermediate (FHMSIM) I
  • Fetal Heart Monitoring Simulation Intermediate (FHMSIM) II
  • Fetal Heart Monitoring Simulation Advanced (FHMSIM) I
  • Fetal Heart Monitoring Simulation Advanced (FHMSIM) II

Both the Intermediate and Advanced courses contain case studies and fetal heart monitoring tracings that challenge users to apply physiological principles and NICHD terminologies and categories to interpretation. Immediate feedback and answer rational statements reinforce learning.

Advanced Fetal Heart Monitoring Course

CNE/CME contact hours: 8/6
Format: One day, instructor-led course

Take if: You’re a perinatal clinician who has completed the AWHONN Intermediate or Advanced Coursework, or a comparable fetal monitoring education program and/or who holds certifications or added credentials in fetal heart monitoring.

Cost: $100 members/non-members

Large volume discounts are available for orders placed through Kendall Hunt Publishing.
Note: Instructor fees for teaching the courses are not included in the listed AWHONN prices.

The Advanced Fetal Heart Monitoring course expands on knowledge and physiological principals presented in the AWHONN Intermediate Fetal Monitoring Course.  This course uses a case study approach to support analysis of complicated patient clinical information and tracings.  The course emphasizes the physiology of fetal-maternal oxygenation, instrumentation, interpretation of tracings and the selection of interventions as well as communication and documentation techniques.  An optimal integration test in available.

Become an FHM Instructor

Upon completion of AWHONN’s Intermediate FHM course level and above, you are eligible to become an FHM Instructor by fulfilling the requirements.  Learn more.

Instructors have the opportunity to participant in the FHM program at various levels. Instructors in all levels must:

  • Maintain AWHONN membership at all times
  • Follow FHM Program administrative guidelines
  • Teach a minimum of 25% of each course (Intermediate – includes lecture & skills stations)
  • Maintains feedback scores of at least 4 in all areas of content (Instructor Trainers 4.5 in all areas)

Instructor Levels

  • Intermediate Course Instructor
  • Intermediate Course Designated Instructor
  • Advanced Course Instructor
  • Advanced Course Designated Instructor
  • Intermediate & Advanced Instructor (teach both courses)
  • Designated Instructors for both Intermediate and Advanced Courses
  • Instructor Trainers

Learn more about the requirements by visiting the Become an Instructor page

Nursing Contact Hours: Pending approval from AWHONN.

Accreditation Statement

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