Fetal Health Surveillance, Part 1

Learning objectives

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada consensus guideline revision for intrapartum Fetal Health Surveillance (FHS) was released in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Canada in March 2020.

Objectives for the RCP’s orientation FHS modules are based on the outline of the FHS Fundamentals course, which is the standard education endorsed by professional organizations representing perinatal health care providers across Canada. Review of the RCP modules does not replace a Fundamentals course; these provide an overview. Please contact your local unit educator for information regarding Fundamentals course availability.

The objectives for Part One of this series are:

  • To review the evidence for Fetal Health Surveillance in Labour (FHSL), and how the evidence informs our practice
  • To describe the physiology of fetal oxygenation in labour, the factors that affect it, and how we use this knowledge to classify, interpret, and respond to our assessment of fetal well-being
  • To present the overall principles of FHSL
  • To discuss the use of Intermittent Auscultation of the fetal heart, and interpretation of findings
  • To describe approaches taken to optimize fetal oxygenation through intrauterine resuscitation

Narrated video slide presentation (36 min) - Click image to play

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