Cultural Competency and Global Midwifery Skills

(meets new NARM requrement)


 Watch for Global Midwifery Skills to be available as an On-line CEU course soon also


August 7-8, 2014   Boise, Idaho



Midwives, doctors, nurses, doulas or any other health care workers who serve women of different ethnic or sub-culture groups in America OR who may volunteer in developing countries where maternal mortality is high and respect for women is low. The needs of women in the area of culturally sensitive, respectful and evidence-based maternity care is actually a life and death matter; women of color die in childbirth and lose their babies at birth at rates much higher than white women, everywhere in the world. 


 This course will focus on meeting United Nations Millennial Development Goals #4 and #5 (Reducing child mortality and reducing maternal mortality) through advanced skills, new use of technology (such as the anti-shock garment to prevent maternal deaths and the thermo- dots for preventing neonatal deaths),  and the culturally sensitive and respectful care of women during pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and the entire childbearing season. Anyone providing health care to women anywhere in the world will benefit from this course.

COST: $250

Total 10 hours of Accredited Continuing Education Credit 




 This Continuing Education Program is approved by the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council

Presented by:  

Vicki Penwell,  her son Ian and daugher-in-law Rose all live and work in the Philippines overseeing a charity called Mercy In Action they established to create free, compassionate and evidence-based birthing homes for low income women. Between them they have decades of cross-cultural health care experience, and live in a multi-cultural and multi-generational family. Since 1991,  Mercy In Action midwives have provided safe free births for more than 12,500 babies, with excellent outcomes in a high risk population.

Vicki, Ian and Rose are all graduates of the National College of Midwifery, Licensed Midwives, and Certified Professional Midwives (CPM) with the North American Registry of Midwives. In addition, Ian holds a Diploma in International Medicine and Public Health, Rose holds a Bachelors in Sociology, and Vicki holds a Masters in Inter-Cultural Studies.   They also take turns teaching student midwives, doctors, nurses and doulas who come to intern in the Philippines, and they all teach  courses they offer twice a year in the USA.

All three Penwells are joint-accredited to teach any of the courses we offer.


August 7-8, 2014   Boise, Idaho

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Day One

4:30-9:00 pm  Cultural Competency and Respect in the Provision of Maternity Care (bring brown bag dinner)

NOTE: This first four hours of the course meets the new requirement of NARM for all CPMs and CPM applicants to take a course on Cultural Competency.

Day Two

8:30 am-12:00 pm   Maternal Survival Best Practice and Skills

12:00-1:30 pm –       LUNCH BREAK  (eat out or bring brown bag lunch)

1:30-5:00 pm –         Newborn Survival Best Practices and Skills  

Total 10 hours  CEU/CME  accredited by MEAC

NOTE: All proceeds go to support free maternity care for the poor in the Philippines. There are no refunds unless you have a verifiable emergency or are called to a labor on the day of the seminar. Please do not ask for a refund if you are just tired on the  day of the seminar from having been at a birth the previous days...if you cannot attend for any non-birth and non-emergency reason, please consider your fees a donation to the Mercy In Action birth centers in the Philippines.


The Penwell's work as midwives cross-culturally in Asia among tribal families and  internally displaced persons living in a resettlement camp.