Online Course
Foetal Motor Development
Gain knowledge of the stages of development in utero

1-1.5 hours





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Krista Eskay
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Dr. Krista Eskay is a paediatric physical therapist and researcher

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A baby in utero moves through three stages of development: germinal, embryonic and foetal. Various patterned movements occur prenatally as the sensorimotor system develops. Foetal motor movements can be observed as early as the eighth week of gestation. Initially, these movements are basic and are based on exploration. Complex movement patterns evolve as the pregnancy progresses, and movement variation is geared towards adaptation. Understanding the stages of development in utero provides a picture of what we can expect premature babies to be able to do and what may be difficult for them to do. Therefore, this course will discuss the various phases of gestation and describe what to expect during each stage.


This course aims to explain the three stages of foetal development.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Videos
  2. Reading activities
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1-1.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • describe the three stages of gestation
  • compare experience-expectant and experience-dependent plasticity
  • discuss at least one feature of each type of foetal movement

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
One should definitely take this course to clear some misconceptions! Watching the video and reading the differentiation table helps a lot!
Manahil tahir
The course is a guiding principle that helps increase our knowledge of the gestational period system and teaches us how our nervous system works.
Abu Bangura
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