Intelligent Intermittent Auscultation E-learning Course

…This project makes a real difference to outcomes for mothers and babies while also increasing the confidence of midwives at the same time.

Judges’ commendation from the Health Service Journal, Patient Safety Awards

Intelligent Intermittent Auscultation in Labour healthcare e-learning course

Intelligent Intermittent Auscultation in Labour healthcare e-learning course
  • Helping midwives develop critical interpretation skills
  • Interactive learning with fetal heart sounds
  • Accredited by the Royal College of Midwives in the UK

Intermittent auscultation is the recommended method of monitoring for all babies who are considered at low risk of fetal hypoxia during labour. Therefore, as a midwife, this is a fundamental skill you need in any birth setting.

Test your skills in intermittent auscultation

Developed by consultant midwives in the UK, this award-winning programme helps you to build your interpretation skills and confidence in Intelligent Intermittent Auscultation (IIA). You learn how to detect any deterioration or abnormalities in the fetal heart rate and escalate those with concerning features to continuous electronic fetal monitoring.

The programme includes fetal heart sounds. You can listen to the audio clips, answer questions and record your findings. You can then see the results and find out whether you interpreted the sounds correctly. You can access the programme online and study at your own pace – anywhere, at any time. The programme is suitable for midwives and student midwives.

Accredited by the Royal College of Midwives

The programme has been accredited by the Royal College of Midwives, which reflects its valuable contribution to CPD and, in the longer term, to enhancing maternity care.

In 2020, this programme won the Innovation of the Year Award at the Health Service Journal Patient Safety Awards and it was highly commended in the Education and Training Award category. The programme also won the 2019 Contribution to Midwifery Education Award at the British Journal of Midwifery Practice Awards.

Course Content

The programme, which takes around 60 minutes to complete, includes both pre-course and post-assessment exercises – so you can track your improvements as you progress. For the post-course assessment, the pass mark is 85%.

You should discuss the results with your educational supervisor if the assessment standard is not reached.

The course content focuses on:

  • risk assessment of maternal and fetal wellbeing
  • enhanced skills in auscultation and interpretation of the fetal heart in low-risk labouring women
  • prompt recognition of abnormalities in the fetal heart pattern
  • the ability to respond and escalate appropriately.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this programme, you will be able to:

  • describe the risk assessment that is required to accurately assess maternal and fetal wellbeing at the beginning of labour
  • describe how to undertake a thorough assessment of fetal wellbeing during labour using intermittent auscultation
  • discuss when intermittent auscultation is appropriate or not
  • identify the situations which would prompt a move to continuous electronic fetal monitoring
  • listen to fetal heart sounds and identify the baseline rate and presence of abnormal features
  • evaluate your competency and learning by undertaking the pre- and post-training assessment.

A basic understanding of fetal physiology is required before taking the programme.

Course content



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Access to the full programmeCost
Single-user access for 12 months £30*

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