Midwifery and all healthcare thrives with diversity, and our current educational systems are not inherently supportive of students from diverse, minority, and/or disadvantaged communities. Students from diverse backgrounds are well equipped to serve communities similar to their own, and concordant care can improve a client’s sense of well being and connection to their midwife. This webinar describes how to help students develop a sense of belonging, in order to encourage them that they are on the right path so they feel welcome in midwifery classrooms and professional settings. When these goals are achieved, midwives and clients alike are better off, and have more opportunities to flourish and succeed.

In this on-demand webinar from Equity In Midwifery Education, Felina Ortiz describes the relevance and significance of equity and inclusion in higher education. She discusses her personal history, and how that shaped her path towards this work. She then discusses the history of educational trauma, and how that impacts underrepresented students in modern day education. She describes the idea of inclusive education, how to implement that, and why it matters. The webinar comes to a close with effective ideas for creating a curriculum that involves inclusive education.

Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Recall the Historical Trauma of US education systems
  • Discuss why the sense of belonging is important in students' success
  • List strategies that support a sense of inclusion
  • Introduce an activity that supports preventing imposter syndrome, giving voice to non-majority students, and promoting inclusivity

HiveCE is an approved provider of continuing education by the California Board of Nursing, and this course meets the California Board of Nursing criteria for 1.5 hours of continuing education. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 17686, for 1.5 contact hours. (This is widely accepted nationwide as continuing education for nurses and midwives.)

Approved by MEAC for 1.5 hours of continuing education, approval number M1920-110- 0520DE through June 30th, 2022.

Note: Course completion does not authorize the learner to use skills outside their scope. Please refer to your state guidelines for determining scope of care.

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Felina Ortiz, DNP, CNM, RN


Felina Ortiz, DNP, RN, CNM, is an assistant professor and a nurse-midwife specializing in women's health at The University of New Mexico (UNM) College of Nursing. She loves to educate women about their bodies and help them to unleash their inner power. She is an activist for "female rights," including reproductive justice. She specializes in working with culturally diverse families and is an advocate for the marginalized populations. She believes in holistic, traditional care and is respectful of others' spiritual and cultural beliefs. She co-created the New Mexico chapter of Midwives of Color and a national mentoring program that helps recruit, support and empower midwives of color, promoting a positive impact within their own communities.
Felina Ortiz, DNP, CNM, RN

Course curriculum

  • 01
    Webinar Replay
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    • Cultivating a Sense of Belonging in Higher Education
    • Bonus Article
  • 02
    Post-Tests and CE Certificates
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    • MEAC Evaluation Questions
    • MEAC Post-test

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