Pathophysiology of CTG

This micro skills course looks at the control of fetal heart rate, fetal response to hypoxic and mechanical stress and the pathophysiology of intrapartum hypoxia.

Delivery Mode
Online - Self Paced
Course Duration
30-60 minutes
Course Type
Yes, on completion
Course Code
Content Provider
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

What will I learn?

  1. By the end of this session you will be able to:
  2. Describe normal control of fetal heart rate
  3. Discuss the fetal response to evolving hypoxic stress
  4. Identify specific patterns on the CTG trace that reflect types of hypoxia
  5. Recognise fetal heart ‘overshoots’ and ‘cycling’ and explain their significance
  6. Evaluate patterns observed on a CTG trace applying pathophysiology

Course provided in association with


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  • This micro skills course may contain references to UK laws, regulations, policies and practice guidelines.
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