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College of Nursing

MSC09 5350
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: 1-800-690-0934

Felina Ortiz

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Assistant Professor

Curriculum Vitae


(505) 272-9216

As a Nurse-Midwife, Felina Ortiz specializes in Women’s Health. She loves to educate women about their bodies and helping them 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 disadvantaged. 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 eight years, Felina Ortiz joined the University of New Mexico (UNM) College of Nursing faculty in 2011. Dr. Ortiz led the development and implementation of prenatal group care facilitated by midwives and community health workers (CHWs) in a faculty practice based in a rural community health center. Currently, she leads a community maternal child health elective for undergraduate students as well as teaches Women’s Health and Newborn care within the nurse-midwifery and family nurse practitioner programs.

Her clinical scholarship foci included awareness and improvement for 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.

On a personal note, she is happily married and the mother of three wonderful young adults. She loves to travel, learn, hike, bike, dance and sing (although she may not be very good at the last two, okay maybe three).