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Perinatal Outreach Educators of Illinois
Welcomes You

Working together to optimize maternal and neonatal health.

POEI is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization of nurse educators committed to improving perinatal outcomes in the State of Illinois.

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  • EFM Certification Preparation Course Monday, August 14, 2023
    Mon, Aug 14
    Zoom Format to be sent via email.
    Aug 14, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM CDT
    Zoom Format to be sent via email.
    This is a virtual advanced 8-hour course designed to assist the health care provider prepare for the NCC Electronic Fetal Monitoring Subspecialty Certification computer-based examination. A detailed electronic handout is provided and sample test questions are discussed.
  • AWHONN Intermediate Fetal Monitoring Instructor Workshop  Sponsored by POEI
    Sep 20, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM CDT
    Highland Park Hospital-NorthShore, 777 Park Ave W, Highland Park, IL 60035, USA
    The workshop prepares participants to teach the Intermediate Course. This course is the initial step for individuals who wish to become approved AWHONN FHM Program Instructors.
  • Maternal–Newborn and Inpatient Obstetrics Certification Preparation Course  online, November 6, 7, & 13, 2023
    Nov 06, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM CST
    Zoom Format to be sent via email.
    This is an advanced course to assist the nurse eligible for certification by the NCC to prepare and sit for the computer-based Maternal Newborn or Inpatient Obstetrics Examination. This course is all virtual. Do not use internet explorer when registering


The Perinatal Outreach Educators of Illinois (POEI) is a planning and action group comprised of nurse educators and professionals in the State of Illinois.


The purpose of the organization is to collaboratively and collectively address educational issues which impact perinatal outcomes in Illinois. This group meets multiple times a year to network, develop programs, share information and discuss

state initiatives and programs.


POEI works collaboratively within the state of IL quality improvement programs to address identified issues of morbidity and mortality, e.g. decreasing the number of preterm deliveries and low birth weight infants, eliminating elective deliveries of less than 39 weeks gestation, and breastfeeding initiatives. 

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Collaboration, Promotion, and Education

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To facilitate collaboration and communication between

Perinatal Educators


To promote the highest standards of perinatal nursing practice and education


To provide educational offerings which promote the professional development of perinatal healthcare providers


The effectiveness of this collaborative approach is difficult to measure, however high program enrollments and satisfactory evaluations are one method. The ultimate measure of success would be a reduction of perinatal morbidity and mortality. Those statistics can only be quantified in years to come. The goal of POEI is to provide comprehensive, high quality education programs for perinatal providers in the State of Illinois through communication, collaboration and sharing of resources.

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Perinatal Networks

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John H. Stroger Jr. Perinatal Center of Cook County

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Loyola University Perinatal Center

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North Central Perinatal Center OSF St. Francis

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Northwest Illinois Perinatal Center Rockford


Northwestern-Evanston-Lurie Perinatal Center

 -Northwestern University Hospital 312-472-3780

- Northshore University Health System Evanston Hospital 847-570—1183 

- Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago 312-227-1440

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Rush/ Advocate Illinois Masonic Perinatal Center


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South Central Illinois Perinatal Center 
HSHS St. John’s Hospital

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Southern Illinois Perinatal Center

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University of Chicago Perinatal Center

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University of Illinois Perinatal Center

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