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Intermittent Auscultation (IA)


INDIVIDUAL Use Only (1 Learner)

1.0 CNE Credits

Intermittent auscultation (IA) promotes freedom of movement and is an evidence-based standard of care for fetal assessment in low-risk labor. Research shows increased use of IA can support efforts to safely reduce cesarean birth rates. Despite its importance, many clinical team members lack the training and confidence to safely perform and interpret IA.

This approximately 45-60 minute web-based program, developed by the Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement (PQI), provides interactive, simulation-based training; and competency assessment designed to improve IA skills among nurses, midwives, and physicians.

The IA education program covers:

  • The evidence related to IA
  • The correct technique to perform and document IA
  • Interpretation and management of IA findings
  • Simulated IA practice 

At the completion of the training, the learner will:

  • identify the benefits of intermittent auscultation compared with continuous electronic fetal monitoring
  • demonstrate auscultation and interpret fetal heart rate baseline, accelerations, and decelerations
  • describe how to distinguish between maternal and fetal heart rate during intermittent auscultation


This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by Northeast Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation for 1.0 CNE credits.

CNE Approval Time Period:  June 1st, 2020 through May 20, 2022.


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The Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement (PQI) owns the copyright for the Intermittent Auscultation (IA) Web-Based Education and Simulation Module – All Rights Reserved. Those who purchase access to the IA Module for Individual Use Only are agreeing to not share the materials with others. The Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement (PQI) also offers group sales for institutional use by hospitals and facilities for the purpose of training perinatal teams. These products are for educational purposes only. Clinicians need to to make all patient care decisions based on their own assessments, their knowledge, and the individual needs of the patients that they are caring for. PQI has sought to ensure that accurate information is presented and to describe generally accepted practices. However, PQI is not responsible for errors or omissions or for any consequences from application of the information in this resource and makes no warranty expressed or implied with respect to the contents of this resource and materials.   Click here for our full legal statement. 

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