Emergency Skills Workshop (ESW)


Midwives are required to have specialized skills to deal with out-of-hospital birth emergencies. The AOM provides the most comprehensive and high-quality, CMO-certified course by and for midwives to stay current in these critical skills. Because many of the emergencies midwives are called upon to deal with are rare, practicing skills in simulated situations via the Emergency Skills Workshop (ESW) is vital. This course focuses on executing emergency measures in the absence of medical help, which is essential for maintaining competence as per College of Midwifery of Ontario requirements.

The AOM ESW is open to registered midwives and second attendants from Ontario, Ontario midwifery students and midwives from other jurisdictions. Second birth attendants are responsible for cover the cost of the ESW course and workbook. Non-member fees apply (see fees below). Limited spots are available to second birth attendants based on availability and midwife/second attendant ratios. Registration is ONLY finalized once confirmation is sent from the AOM.



ESW exam ($20 + HST; online access, 2 attempts)
Participants can write the online ESW exam up to 30 days prior to taking the ESW and must be completed 48 hours ahead of an ESW recertification. The online exam period is activated as soon as you pay for the exam. From this point, you have 14 days to complete the exam. You can, however, log into and out of the exam as many times as needed within that 14-day period. Purchase access to the ESW exam in our online store--be sure to log in to the website first to secure your member discount!


ESW Manual ($50 + HST + shipping)
The 5th Edition of the ESW Manual has updated content based on the latest evidence and up-to-date bio-medical illustrations. It is available for purchase in hard copy only; it is not available in a digital format. Purchase your copy of the Manual in our online store--be sure to log in to the website first to secure your member discount!



ESW Recertification Event (PD Fund applicable!)
(Members: $325 + HST; Non-members $375 +HST). The AOM offers up to 19 different Emergency Skills Workshops across the province every year. Find the one closest to you by checking out our event listings page; for quick access, tick "ESW" in the left hand box (under "Event Type") to filter out your search results. Be sure to log in to the website first to secure your member discount!

ESW Registration Policies

Confirmation & Waiting List

Space is limited so register early. If the workshop is full, you will be placed on a waiting list, and will be notified as soon as a space becomes available. The AOM makes every effort to accommodate a non-member ticket request if space permits. 


All refund and transfer requests will be subject to a $50 administrative fee. (The fee will increase to $100 if the request is made less than 7 days prior to the workshop.) Registration fees are refundable only if a cancellation request is made 30 days or more prior to the workshop date. Refund requests made less than 30 days prior to the workshop date and for "no shows" will only be considered under exceptional circumstances (not births).

Off Call

Midwives registered for the ESW are expected to be off call for the entire workshop.


Due to the nature of the ESW workshop, children are not permitted; however, those who are breastfeeding are welcome to do so providing that the breastfeeding parent also brings a support person to care for their child for the duration of the workshop.


Please note that the AOM reserves the right to cancel an ESW due to insufficient registrations, three weeks prior to the course, in which case registrants will receive a full refund of registration fees paid.

Questions? Contact Laura DaRocha, Manager, Events & Corporate Partnerships