Download NCC’s FREE “Fetal Assessment and Safe Labor Management” Monograph. June 14, 2021

NCC’s Fetal Assessment and Safe Labor Management Monograph (authored by Kathleen Rice Simpson, PhD, RNC-OB, CNS-BC, FAAN) is available to all health care professionals free of charge.


Safe care for mothers and babies during labor and birth is the goal of all health care professionals and is an expectation of childbearing women and their families.


This monograph was created to incorporate evidence-based labor management guidelines into fetal assessment during the intrapartum period and includes a brief review of the definitions for fetal heart rate (FHR) patterns developed by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). It also offers an overview of FHR interpretation principles, physiologic implications, and intrauterine resuscitation measures.

After you have read and reviewed this free monograph, test your understanding by completing the companion CE module and earn 15 contact hours. [CE module is offered for $39.]

You can download the free monograph here or visit and learn about the other free resources available from the EFM toolkit.