Cultural Competency in Birth Workshop

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Together with Mercy in Action Founder and Director Vicki Penwell, Birth Matters Virginia will offer NARM Approved Cultural Competency Course in Richmond VA on Saturday March 19.

This in-person learning opportunity is being offered with the support from Bon Secours Love and Learn and will held at their Family Learning Center at Innslake from 1pm to 5pm on  Saturday, March 19, 2016. MEAC CEUs are available for this course, and have been accepted for DONA re-certification hours.

Course Description

This course will focus on meeting United Nations Millennial Goals #4 and #5 (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 meets the new requirement of NARM for all CPMs and CPM applicants to take a course on Cultural Competency.

Who Should Attend

This course is good for CPM’s, CNM’s and LM’s and any health care workers who serve women of different ethnic or sub-culture groups in America. T.

Course Reviews

Vicki has a very unique way of disseminating a wealth of information. You don’t always realize how much you are taking away until much later. This course on Cultural Competency did not disappoint. I will admit to feeling that it wouldn’t apply to me and my practice. I feel that I am relatively evolved and very accepting of other cultures. What I learned from this course is that it doesn’t matter if you are accepting or not, what matters is having an understanding of the cultures that you are serving, using concrete communication skills which protect the clients you serve, and adapting your practice to the cultures you serve if you truly want to be “with woman”. This course pointed out many subtle things that pricked my conscience about giving women respect no matter what their circumstances are. As well as charging me with the desire to serve women who are overlooked in our society with an even greater sense of purpose. I have a new stack of books sitting on my nightstand that I was inspired to purchase, because of this course, about a particular culture that I serve lovingly, but perhaps somewhat ignorantly. In all, I  gained much more than CEU’s from this course. Thank you Mercy In Action.

~ Bettie Sheets CPM, LM, USA

vicki penwell

Vicki Penwell has dedicated her life to establishing and funding free birth centers for poor families in the Philippines since 1992.

Instructor Bio

Vicki Penwell is a licensed midwife and CPM with a Masters degree in both Midwifery and Inter-Cultural Studies, and is a midwifery teacher who has practiced for 35 years. She and her family founded a nonprofit charitable organization called Mercy In Action that trains midwives and establishes birth centers in poor countries. Vicki started in Alaska, and has lived and worked in Asia and Latin American as well as teaching and consulting all over the world on maternal/newborn health. Currently she is the Executive Director of Mercy In Action and oversees the Mercy In Action College of Midwifery, Mercy Birth Center in Boise, Idaho, and five established free birth centers in the Philippine Islands, where more than 14,000 babies have been born free of charge. She has been teaching the class she developed called “Cultural Competency and Respect in the Provision of Maternity Care” all over the world for the past several years.


  • $75 (member price- includes 4 MEAC CEUs)
  • $95 (non member price- includes 4 MEAC CEUs)
  • $55 (member price without CEUs)
  • $75 (non member price without CEUs)

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