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Midwifery Practice – Emergency Skills



About the CAM Emergency Skills Workshops (ESW)

The Emergency Skills Workshop (ESW) is a national program that provides continuing education in emergency skills within a midwifery context both in hospital or home/out of hospital setting. In fact, it is the only emergency skills training available in Canada that specifically includes home birth and other out of hospital birth settings.

Topics include:

  • Managing Emergencies
  • Postpartum Haemorrhage
  • Antepartum Haemorrhage
  • Abnormal Fetal Heart Rate Patterns
  • Malpresentation and Cord Prolapse
  • Shoulder Dystocia
  • Undiagnosed Breech
  • Undiagnosed Twins

The workshop consists of instruction, practice and evaluation at simulated emergency situations and a written exam. Participants rotate from one station to the next, demonstrating their skills by role-playing and discussion. The written exam is in a mixed format:  short answer, multiple choice, true/false and layered scenario.

Successful course completion confirms to the provincial or territorial regulatory body that the midwife has been taught the skills to manage care in a variety of emergency situations prior to the arrival or accessing of specialized medical care. Each provincial regulatory body requires that emergency skills be maintained at regular intervals; please contact your provincial or territorial regulatory body for more information. While the ESW program was developed more specifically for midwives, other health care professionals working in obstetrics are welcome to participate (i.e. physicians, nurses, second attendants, paramedics, etc.).

Course completion is not a certification of competence.

Please contact [email protected] for more information.



Who offers ESW?

The Emergency Skills Workshop is currently being offered by the following provincial associations:

  • Association of Alberta Midwives
  • Association of Ontario Midwives
  • Midwives Association of British Colombia
  • Midwives Association of Manitoba
  • Regroupement les Sages-Femmes du Québec

Click here for the dates of upcoming workshops!

Please contact [email protected] for more information.

The Canadian Association of Midwives recognizes the Association of Ontario Midwives role in the development of the program.

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