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. 


Online Cultural Competency

Online Cultural Competency & Respect in the Provision of Maternity Care

NARM Approved Cultural Competency & MEAC CEUs

This course, Cultural Competency and Respect in the Provision of Maternity Care, meets the new requirement of NARM for all CPMs and CPM applicants to take a course on Cultural Competency. It can better be called training in cultural sensitivity, cultural respect, and cultural humility.

This course will focus on reducing child mortality and reducing maternal mortality through 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

This course is good for CPM’s, CNM's and LM's and 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 and respectful 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

Once you complete the course, you will immediately receive a certificate for your CEUs


Online Cultural Competency: $99

Continuing Education Units

CEU: 4 hours  

Accredited by MEAC


Purchase anytime you are ready. You have access to the full course for 30 days after you purchase

Course outline

III. Addressing negative factors related to culture 

a. Categories of disrespect in maternity care and corresponding human rights

  1. Physical abuse
  2. Non-consented care
  3. Non-confidential care
  4. Non-dignified care (including verbal abuse)
  5. Discrimination or non-culturally competent care
  6. Abandonment or denial of care
  7. Detention in facilities against will

b. Maternal/Newborn disparities among women of color in the United States

  1. How racism impacts pregnancy outcomes
  2. Characteristics of and path to become an anti-racist direct-entry midwife

IV. High Impact Culturally-influenced Solutions   

a. International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative

b. Midwifery Model of Care

c. Respectful and Culturally Competent Care

d. Open access / easy access maternity care

e. Grand Challenge Scholarship Solutions

I. Values and Belief Systems of Culturally Diverse Groups 

a. Self evaluation assessment

  1. Life cycle events
  2. Cross cultural communication
  3. Provision of care

II. Health disparities and overcoming barriers to good maternity outcomes

a. Income barriers

b. Race/Ethnicity barriers

c. Language barriers

d. Cultural barriers

e. Understanding culturally diverse groups in practice

  1. Health
  2. Diet
  3. Traditional remedies
  4. Physical activity or exercise
  5. Religion
  6. Family dynamics
  7. Cultural milestones or rituals 

f. Cultural Issues for health professionals

  1. Quality care 
  2. Access to care 
  3. Cross cultural communications
  4. Language
  5. Non-verbal cues
  6. Written health education materials in local language
  7. Health education for the illiterate

Live Seminar

Would you like to attend this course in a live seminar? The Cultural Competency and Respectful Maternity Care is also offered along with Global Midwifery Skills in a two day seminar.