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


Medications for the Birthing Person

There are many instances where a community midwife may need to advise or guide the pregnant or birthing person regarding medication use during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum periods. This course will cover: common over-the-counter medications, RhoGam, IV fluids, and lidocaine for suturing.
Learners will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics.
  • Explain labeling and safety considerations for over-the-counter medication use in pregnancy.
  • Identify mechanism of action for RhoGam.
  • Describe appropriate timeline for RhoGam administration.
  • Identify types of fluids appropriate for and usual indications for IV fluid administration.
  • Compare and contrast lidocaine vs. lidocaine with epinephrine for suturing anesthetic.

This course is approved by MEAC for 2 contact hours for 0.2 CEU credits


Antihemorrhagic Medications

MCU’s Academy of Continuing Education is proud to offer a series of pharmacology courses to help midwives receive education on critical skills and meet licensing requirements. This anti-hemorrhagic medications course covers postpartum hemorrhage, pharmacodynamics/pharmacokinetics. and multiple medications (including Tranexamic Acid).  

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

New Mexico Courses


IV Therapy for New Mexico Community Birth Providers

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

The relicensing process for midwives in NM requires at least 2 hours of continuing education specifically in pharmacology as well as two hours of continuing education in IV therapy – for good reason. 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.

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


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


Sustainable Midwifery

Welcome to the mini-course on Sustainable Midwifery taught by Madeline Murray. This course is designed to help midwives develop the skills to create long-lasting, enjoyable practices that can continue for many years all while not sacrificing their personal lives. Madeline believes that we should all be able to be great midwives but also have a life too! Not just for ourselves, but also for our clients! This course is an introduction to that vision of sustainable midwifery. It will cover what sustainable midwifery means, why sustainable midwifery is so crucial to the health of women in America today and how to create sustainability in your own practice.

This class qualifies for 1 MEAC contact hours or 0.1 CEU credits


Midwifery Billing

This course provides students a general understanding of midwifery billing practices to better assist them in becoming successful in business as professional midwives. Students will enhance their knowledge of the various types of billing options available, health insurance industry practices and requirements, basic terms of the billing industry and the billing process, including basic insurance coding and filing of claims. This course is a must for those wanting to bill in their practices themselves but also important understanding for midwives who will be using a professional biller.

This course is approved by MEAC for 2.5 contact hours for 0.25 CEU credits



Introduction to OB/GYN Sonography

Instructor: Felicia Marki-Zay
Join us for Introduction to OB/GYN Sonography. This course will cover the basics of ultrasound devices, the types and parts of transducers, the difference between scanning planes, ultrasound physics, and how the ultrasound imaging process works overall. Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to: summarize the bioeffects of ultrasound; understand ultrasound reports and discuss the results with their patients; create informed consent forms for clients; analyze an obstetric or gynecological report; and be able to describe the most important gynecological and obstetrical findings.
This course is approved by MEAC for 2.5 contact hours for 0.25 CEU credits


Prenatal and Postpartum Mood Disorders

This course will delve into the signs, symptoms, diagnosis, and management of prenatal and postpartum mental health conditions. Prenatal and postpartum conditions addressed will include: prenatal depression, prenatal anxiety, postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, postpartum OCD, and postpartum psychosis. This course will discuss disparities for marginalized populations and how systemic isms may impact mental health. The student will develop the skills to practice effectively with clients who present with mental health disorders and to identify when to refer and when to transfer care.

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


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

Courses for Midwifery Educators


Supporting SocioEconomic Status and First Generation Midwifery Students

The inequities that present for first generation college students and students of low socioeconomic status within midwifery education were identified as a significant barrier to high quality education and graduation that must be addressed. With discussion, it was determined that the best way to educate educators about these inequities and how to make changes that will increase access for this population of students was to offer presenters with the lived experience of being a first generation and/or low socioeconomic student who could highlight the obstacles faced, particularly the obstacles to becoming a midwife and what changes can be made to make the learning environment (academic and clinical) be safe for these students. The presenters will bring very practical examples of what they experienced and highlight what they needed and how those needs would have been best met. Midwifery educators were identified as the target audience because the work in the classroom to dismantle classism becomes their responsibility. Developing these skills will be critical for the future of midwifery and to assure that incoming first generation and low socioeconomic status students will successfully graduate.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to describe three barriers low-income midwifery students might face when completing their academic requirements for midwifery school.
  2. Participants will be able to describe three barriers low-income midwifery students might face when completing their clinical requirements for midwifery school.
  3. Participants will be able to identify three ways clinical and academic instructors can mediate barriers to education faced by low-income students.
  4. Participants will be able to list 5 microaggressions that low-socioeconomic status and first-generation college students commonly face.
  5. Participants will be able to devise 3 concrete actions that they can personally take to increase the sense of belonging of their low-socioeconomic status and first-generation college students.

Presenters: Madelaine Shernock, CPM, LM and Christian Smith, PhD Candidate

This course has been approved by MEAC for a total of two (2) hours, the equivalent of 0.2 CEU credits.


Midwives Accessibility and Ableism in Midwifery Education

Midwifery educators will work with disabled students over the course of their career. Understanding the risk factors associated with microaggressions, bias, actions and inactions in the classroom setting and curricula is vitally important. We will call upon midwifery educators to enact practices in the classroom and clinical setting that increase access for disabled students.

This course has been approved by MEAC for a total of two (2) hours, the equivalent of 0.2 CEU credits.


Facilitating Smooth Transports: Train-the-Facilitator

Facilitating Smooth Transports is a four hour, in-person workshop designed for community midwives and Emergency Services Personnel to learn skills to assist with emergency home (or birth center)-to-hospital transports. Because each locale has unique practice conditions, you, as trained facilitators, will tailor the workshop to meet the needs of your community. Conducting this interprofessional educational opportunity in your community will develop trust and respect between the midwifery and medical communities, improve transport experiences and, ultimately, improve safety, outcomes, and client satisfaction. This course, Facilitating Smooth Transports: Train-the-Facilitator will equip you to lead the community-based workshop.

This course is approved for 8 MEAC continuing education contact hours. After completing this course, qualified individuals will be able to teach the Facilitating Smooth Transports workshop in their own communities.