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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 Global Midwifery Skills

Online Global Midwifery Skills


This course will focus on meeting global goals and initiatives toward reducing child mortality and reducing maternal mortality in low income countries or under-developed areas  through advanced skills, new use of technology and current best practices for the 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.

Global Midwifery Skills is essential for midwives, but is also helpful for 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. The needs of women in the area of culturally sensitive, respectful and evidence-based maternity care is actually a life and death matter.

Global Midwifery Skills is broken into two parts, and presented in an extremely practical way: Part one is Newborn Survival: Updated Best Practice, and Part two is Maternal Survival: Updated Best Practice. By looking at the common causes of death for both mothers and babies in the world, we can easily teach the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to save those lives. Rarely is it a purely medical problem, and usually the treatment is within the scope of practice of the midwife. However, the issues are very different from what a Western midwife will encounter, hence the need for this "bridge" course. 

In this course, you will be brought up to date on best practices in maternity care globally, but more than that, you will be pointed to resources for further learning and study that will serve you well for years to come. Included in the course are drug sheets for commonly used medications,  how to treat illnesses common to the developing world like malaria and parasites during pregnancy, and much more. Vicki says "I would have given my right arm to have this kind of information when I went to work in the third world 25 years ago, but it did not exist then. Now, it is right here at our fingertips!".

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


Online Global Midwifery Skills: $199

Continuing Education Units

CEU: 8 hours  

Accredited by MEAC


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

Course Outline

PART ONE: Newborn Survival: Updated Best Practice

I. Understanding Neonatal Mortality and Morbidity Worldwide

a. Physical causes of death and damage 

  1. Special needs of newborns 
  2. Prematurity 
  3. Hypothermia 
  4. Birth Asphyxia 
  5. Gender discrimination 
  6. Postpartum Sepsis 
  7. Tetanus 
  8. Diarrhea or Pneumonia death 
  9. Wrong Breastfeeding death 

b. Root causes of death and damage 

  1. Poverty 
  2. Gender Inequality 
  3. Malnutrition 
  4. Neglect 
  5. Family dynamics 

II. Evidence-based Practices for Preventions and Treatments 

a. New Low Technology Tools 

  1. Thermo-spots 
  2. Kangaroo care 
  3. Delayed cord clamping (several hours) to prevent tetanus 

b. New understandings of ways of doing and being 

  1. New understanding of survival and timing of colostrum 
  2. Repositioning and reimaging birth positions for safer birth for baby 
  3. Avoiding infections, cross-infections and contaminations 
  4. Microbe colonization by the mother 
  5. Appropriate use of pharmacology


PART TWO:  Maternal Survival: Updated Best Practice

III. Understanding Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Worldwide 

a. Physical causes of death and damage 

  1. Hemorrhage 
  2. Obstructed Labor 
  3. Sepsis 
  4. Eclampsia 

b. Root causes of death and damage 

  1. Poverty 
  2. Gender Inequality 
  3. Malnutrition 
  4. Neglect 
  5. Over-use of inappropriate interventions and surgery 
  6. Family dynamics 

IV. Evidence-based Practices for Preventions and Treatments 

a. New Low Technology Tools 

  1. Non-inflatable Anti-Shock Garment 
  2. Hemoglobin Color Scale 
  3. Rapid Tests: Hep B, HIV, STIs, Malaria 
  4. Malaria prevention using nets 

b. New understandings of ways of doing and being 

  1. Oxytocin: the shy hormone 
  2. Avoiding infections, cross-infections and contaminations 
  3. Revising transport plan for pre-eclamptic woman 
  4. Appropriate use of pharmacology

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.