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Ortiz, Felina Clinician Educator, Assistant Professor


Felina Ortiz, DNP, RN, CNM, is a clinician educator – 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.

After practicing as a certified nurse-midwife in clinical practice within underserved communities for 8 years, Ortiz joined the UNM College of Nursing faculty in 2011. She led the development and implementation of prenatal group care facilitated by midwives and community health workers in a faculty practice based in a rural community health center. Currently, she teaches Women's Health and Newborn care within the nurse-midwifery and family nurse practitioner programs.

Ortiz’s clinical scholarship foci included health equity in maternal-child health disparities within communities of color, as well as recruitment and support of students and faculty of color. With this in mind, 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. Ortiz was recently appointed chair of the American College of Nurse-Midwives National Midwives of Color committee, which recruits and supports the advancement of persons of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds to the profession of midwifery on a national stage.

Ortiz holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice from New Mexico State University, a Master of Science in Nursing from UNM, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Utah, and an Associate of Science in Nursing from Weber State University.