The monitoring of the fetal heart rate (FHR) in labour aims to identify hypoxia before it is sufficient to lead to long-term poor neurological outcome for babies. In Ireland the NMBI states that each midwife has a responsibility to develop and maintain on-going competence to provide safe and effective midwifery care by engaging with continuing professional development in areas relevant to their practice (Practice Standards for Midwives 2015)
In the Centre for Midwifery Education we commit to an andragogical approach to learning in which proactivity, enquiry and autonomy feature predominantly (Quinn 2013). As a result we acknowledge that programme participants are adult learners with existing knowledge and a wealth of experience and therefore utilise teaching strategies that encourage reflection dialogue and debate.
Value is placed on the experience, expertise and ability of programme facilitators to impart evidence based knowledge.
The aim of this programme is to provide attendees with up to date evidence on fetal heart rate monitoring.
On completion of this programme it is anticipated that attendees will be able to:
Critically discuss continuous versus intermittent fetal heart monitoring
Identify the features of a cardiotocograph (CTG)
Use the correct terminology to classify cardiotocograph
Demonstrate an understanding of acid base balance
Adhere to best practice when documenting CTGs
K2 Intrapartum Cardiotocography and Acid Base and Fetal Physiology on-line training
Current evidence of continuous versus intermittent FH monitoring
Features and classification of cardiotocograph
Fetal physiology and acid base balance
Documentation and CTG.