3018 West Overland Road
Boise, ID, 83705

(208) 258-9251

Mercy in Action is a non-profit organization that focuses on the crisis in Maternal/Newborn/Child health care worldwide. A Midwifery School, as well as seminars and training retreats are held each year to prepare midwives, doctors, and nurses to meet the global shortage of skilled birth attendants, and to help primary health care workers prevent unnecessary child deaths. 

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Expect the Unexpected CEU Seminar



This four day intensive seminar, Expect the Unexpected™:  Midwives Handling Complications in Out-Of-Hospital Settings,  worth 36  MEAC ACCREDITED CEU HOURS, gives interactive and hands-on training for midwives on successfully handing complications in the Antepartum, Intrapartum, Postpartum and Newborn Periods, including pharmacology, laboratory testing, and working collaboratively to optimize home to hospital transports.

Learners will prepare for the unexpected by being trained to anticipate complications and react swiftly and decisively, using role playing with clinical models. Instruction will build learner’s complex competencies in psycho motor skills, communication and clinical decision making skills plus  evidence-based knowledge needed to perform these skills. Objective Structured Clinical Evaluations (OSCE) stations will be utilized for skills acquisition and verification  simulation models, and written tests will cement learning. 

Instructors and Creators of this Course: Vicki Penwell, Founder and Director of Mercy In Action, has midwifed over 2,500 out-of- hospital births. Ian and Rose Penwell, a husband/wife midwife team, have attended home and birth center births for the past decade. All three Penwells are CPMs and Licensed Midwives who work both with low risk women in America and high risk mothers in Asia. They have gained a reputation for teaching midwife skills with an effective and engaging  style that truly gives the learner confidence.


Full seminar:  $900

Discounts available: 

Paying 60 days ahead = $800 

Paying 30 days ahead = $850

Best Discount: Complete Bridge with us and pay 30 days ahead 

 (see http://www.mercyinaction.com/bridge to  qualify)

Per day: $300 per day

The per day fee is not discountable.

There are no refunds for any reason except a birth on the actual day of the seminar day you miss. If you cannot attend for any other reason, we will gladly transfer your fees to another live seminar we teach, or convert them into a tax-deductable donation.



Keene, New Hampshire
October 16-19, 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
November 6-9, 2018


Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii
January 24-27, 2019

Strasburg, Virginia
April 15-18, 2019 


Don't see your town? Considering traveling to one of these destinations for the seminar. 

Or contact us for information on hosting a seminar in your area...we are happy to travel anywhere for 12 or more participants. 


CEU: 36 hours  

MEAC Accredited



    Expect the Unexpected is divided into four equal days; each day

    delves into a different area of maternity care (see Schedule.) You will

    receive a separate CEU form for each day attended.



    8 am to 5:30 pm daily
    Each of the 4 days are focused as follows:

    First Day: 
    Complications in the Antepartum Period (9 hours)
    Second Day: 
    Complications in the Intrapartum Period (9 hours)
    Third Day: 
    Complications in the Postpartum Period (9 hours)
    Fourth Day: 
    Complications in the Newborn Period (9 hours)