Fundamentals of Fetal Health Surveillance

The Reproductive Care Program of Nova Scotia (RCP) offers fetal health surveillance workshops based upon The Fundamentals of Fetal Health Surveillance Program. The program has been developed by the Canadian Fetal Health Surveillance Steering Committee, aligns with SOGC’s FHS Clinical Practice Guideline, and provides a national standardized approach to fetal health surveillance (FHS) education.

The national FHS education program involves 3 components:

  1. Successful completion of the Fundamentals of Fetal Health Surveillance Online Manual AND National FHS Exam,
  2. Participation in an 8-hour in-person Fundamentals of Fetal Health Surveillance Workshop, and
  3. Ongoing renewal of education, by successful exam completion and in-person FHS Refresher Workshop attendance.

The Fundamentals of Fetal Health Surveillance (8 hour) Workshop Objectives:

  • Discuss the current evidence and guidelines for intrapartum FHS
  • Review and practice the techniques of FHR auscultation and EFM
  • Interpret FHR characteristics from both auscultation and EFM
  • Integrate the concepts of acid-base balance and the interpretation of fetal blood gas values in FHR interpretation
  • Identify important principals of verbal communication and written documentation
  • Outline supportive and corrective interventions for various FHR findings

Workshop Pre-requisites:

Prior to attending the workshop all participants must

  1. Review the Fundamentals of Fetal Health Surveillance Online Manual, accessed through the UBC continuing professional development portal: https://ubccpd.ca/fhs-online-manual
    *Register for the full course (including exam and certificate of completion)
  2. Successfully complete the National Fetal Health Surveillance Online Exam, at the end of the online manual review
  3. Submit your certificate of completion

Note: All workshop participants must successfully complete the Fundamentals for Fetal Health Surveillance Online Manual AND Exam within 1 to 2 months prior to attending the workshop.

RCP currently supports FHS education for care providers (registered nurses, registered midwives, and physicians) working within the NSHA and IWK, who are required to perform fetal health surveillance as part of their employment. RCP provides in-person workshops and FHS instructor training.

CLICK HERE to register for a FHS workshop with RCP.

If you are not currently working in a perinatal care area within NSHA or IWK but are interested in FHS education opportunities, please contact us for more information fhs@iwk.nshealth.ca