Academy of Continuing Education

MCU is committed to “midwifing the midwife.”  Through our unique distance education platform, we are able to provide evidence based education to our students and now to any midwife with an internet connection. 

Pharmacology Courses



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Vaccine Information for Midwives

This course will prepare midwives to confidently add vaccine administration to their practice repertoire. This course covers the following for each of the immunogenic agents authorized for use by midwives

Mechanism of pharmacological action;
Therapeutic effects;
Side effects/adverse reactions;
Incompatibilities/drug interactions; and
Administration including:
Product form and packaging;
Onset of action;
Peak effect;
Duration of action/half-life Storage, transport and security; and

Midwives will learn how to

identify and respond appropriately to adverse reactions, including prevention, preparation, emergency management, documentation, and reporting protocols.
explain placental transfer of medication to the fetus and impact of immunogenic agents on fetal antibody formation.
describe and utilize best practice for drug administration including, location, injection practices, history taking and documentation, and follow all federal requirements for vaccine administration, storage, and handling.
Apply appropriate client counseling and informed consent practices.

This class qualifies for 2 MEAC contact hours or 0.2 CEU credits

New Mexico Courses

IV therapy


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IV Therapy for New Mexico Community Birth Providers

This course is designed to meet the IV therapy relicensing requirements for midwives in New Mexico.

Used appropriately drugs can save many lives and serve to reduce suffering, used improperly they can cause long-term damage, loss of life, and loss of the midwife’s ability to continue to practice. IV therapy is an incredible tool available to midwives that can serve to reduce suffering, avoid transfers, and can even save lives in an emergency.

Depending on your practice setting this skill can be difficult to maintain. This course will give you the knowledge you need to apply IV therapy in numerous antenatal, intrapartum, and postpartum situations and feel confident in the use of this tool in the midwife’s toolkit.

You will be provided with resources and a plan for building and maintaining your IV therapy skills and get dozens of pro tips that will help keep you and your clients safe, reduce mistakes, help you build confidence and improve your rate of successful IV starts. Also includes a verification process for hands-on practice that is accepted to meet NM relicensing requirements

It’s time to overcome your fear of starting IVs! You owe it to your clients to have this skill and keep it sharp.

In this course you will learn:

  • How midwifery care and IV therapy intersect and how you can bring the midwifery model of care, that we all treasure, to the use of IV therapy
  • Therapeutic uses of IV solutions including management of dehydration, hemorrhage, and other emergencies as well as for the administration of antibiotics and antihemorrhagic drugs.
  • The basic anatomy and physiology of the vasculature system that you need to know to start and use IV therapy
  • The supplies used in IV therapy including what you need and how to store it.
  • How to start and maintain and IV line, including a practical skills section that will walk you through everything you need to know and exactly how to practice until you are excellent at starting IV lines.

The first course in this series is Pharmacology for New Mexico Licensed Midwives.
This course is designed and taught by Sarah Hinton, Certified Professional Midwife and was cowritten with the help of Witt Hinton and Sam Hinton, two pharmacists with their doctorate in pharmacy from Kansas University.

This course includes materials that all people of all learning style will appreciate including reading, infographics, videos, animations, and audio recordings. Each of the two portions should take approximately 2 hours to complete, but you are free to work at your own pace and take as long as you need to go through the material.

This class qualifies for 2 MEAC contact hours or 0.2 CEU credits


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Pharmacology for New Mexico Licensed Midwives

Midwives frequently consider pharmacologic therapy as separate, or least very different, from the other aspects of care we provide, but in this course you will learn practical ways to bring the midwifery model of care to your use of pharmaceuticals in your practice. Including

  • How to deeply embed informed consent practices into your interactions with clients
  • Techniques for providing care that is gentle, holistic, and culturally appropriate
  • How to get more information when you need it
  • How to avoid making potentially deadly medication errors
  • How to appropriately store and organize your medications and reduce your on-call stress related to keeping your supplies and equipment fully stocked and in working order

You will walk away with so many resources and practical tools for bringing excellent and compassionate care to your clients as you see them though the many challenging situations you will face together.

This course will specifically cover:

  • How midwifery care and pharmacology intersect and how you can bring the midwifery model of care, that we all treasure, to the use of medications
  • You will also learn the basics of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics (don’t be intimidated if these words are unfamiliar to you, by the end of the course they will make perfect sense!). You will also learn critical information about each of the medications on the NM formulary including
    • Indications
    • Dosing
    • Administration
    • Contraindications
    • Possible adverse reactions and side effects
    • Appropriate storage and disposal
    • And how to document their use

This class qualifies for 2 MEAC contact hours or 0.2 CEU credits

Midwifery Courses


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Providing Safe and Respectful Care to LGBTQIA+ Families

This course will delve deeper into providing high-quality exceptional care to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual individuals. We will spend time addressing the disparities and unique stressors that each of these populations may face in their day to day lives including during the pre-pregnancy planning, conception process, pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum period.

This course has been approved by MEAC for 2 contact hours or 0.2 CEU credits