Emergency Skills Workshop (ESW)

Midwives are required to have specialized skills to deal with emergencies that occur at home and outside of the hospital. 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 a simulated environment via the Emergency Skills Workshop (ESW) is vital and is an essential course required to maintain competence as per the College of Midwives of Ontario.

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



ESW exam 

The ESW exam can be written up to 30 days prior to the ESW event date, but must be completed 48 hours before the confirmed ESW date.

The exam expires 14 days after purchase and includes a maximum of two attempts.


Purchase Exam 

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ESW Manual 

The 5th Edition of the ESW Manual is available for purchase in hard copy only; it is not available in a digital format.

Purchase Manual

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ESW Recertification

The AOM offers up to 18 different Emergency Skills Workshops across the province every year. Find the one closest to you by viewing the Events page, check "ESW" in the left pane to filter your results.

Events Page

The ESW recertification is PD Fund applicable

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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 Penny Mungal, Event Coordinator, Events & Corporate Partnerships


The AOM is committed to providing accommodation to ESW participants with disabilities and ensuring a learning environment that is inclusive and free from barriers.

Individuals requiring accommodation are encouraged to make their request in writing to the AOM's Manager of Events and Corporate Partnerships (ECP), Laura Da Rocha, at least 14 days prior to their scheduled ESW.

Information necessary to understand and respond to the accommodation request should be provided.

If possible, please provide the following:

  • Details of the specific accommodation requested or any known special requirements.

  • Any past accommodation from an educational institution, employer or service provider. Please Note, if there is no history of past accommodation, documentation from an appropriate professional outlining potential accommodation may be requested if necessary to assist in the planning process.

All accommodation requests will be provided serious consideration. No person will be penalized for making an accommodation request.