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Midwifery Emergency Skills Program (MESP) Course Listings

September 2020 Notice to Members:

Dear members, 

Thank you so much for your interest and initiative in recertifying for this cycle. We would like to reassure everyone that the MABC Programs team has been taking active steps to ensure the successful roll-out of our MESP cycle. Workshops will continue to be posted over the coming weeks and months.

As well, the MABC Programs team is carefully tracking members who are due for recertification as well. Workshops are specifically planned with these members in mind, and targeted workshops are posted in communities where we see a demand. We will continue to coordinate with facilitators to ensure that all members are able to recertify to meet the BCCNM deadlines. The number of workshops available will directly correspond with the number of members who require recertification. 

I hope this information is helpful and reassuring! If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Anne and Tina at


MESP is a risk management program for midwifery care that is accessible & flexible, and focuses on homebirth, communication & teamwork. It is designed by and for Canadian midwives to build upon previously developed skills in midwifery management in obstetrical emergencies. Other health professionals may also participate in MESP.

MESP is comprised of asynchronous online learning modules and community-based workshops, making it a program responsive to the needs of both urban and rural midwives. Each module will provide learning objectives, evidence based practice recommendations and knowledge transfer assessment tools (exams). The time investment per module varies between 15-45 minutes. Modules include a variety of critical learning components, including undiagnosed twins or breech birth, shoulder dystocia, antepartum and postpartum haemorrhage, anaphylaxis and cord presentation and prolapse.

The 3-4 hour workshops are case based and focus on assessment and clinical skills, critical thinking, management and team communication. After a group review of the online material, peers and facilitators work through emergency scenarios using obstetric simulators. The facilitator:participant ratio of 3:1 optimizes collaboration within the team.

The MABC administers the MESP program, at a subsidized rate of $50 for MABC members, or $350 for non-members. MESP meets the CMBC's requirement for midwives to re- certify every two years in an emergency skills program.

Upcoming Courses
Location Facilitator Date Spots Available
MESP - Cranbrook - PM Tanya Momtazian 1:00 PM, October 1, 2021 1
MESP - Cranbrook - AM Tanya Momtazian 9:00 AM, October 1, 2021 1
MESP - Nelson - PM Tanya Momtazian 1:00 PM, October 6, 2021 0
MESP - Nelson - PM Tanya Momtazian 10:00 AM, October 8, 2021 0
MESP - Vancouver - PM Cathryn Ellis 12:30 PM, October 14, 2021 0
MESP - Victoria - AM Misty Wasyluk 9:00 AM, October 20, 2021 0
MESP - Kelowna - PM Tanya Momtazian 3:00 PM, October 27, 2021 0
MESP - Kelowna - AM Tanya Momtazian 11:00 AM, October 27, 2021 3
MESP - Victoria - AM Misty Wasyluk 9:00 AM, October 29, 2021 0
MESP - Courtenay - PM Liz Grose 1:30 PM, November 12, 2021 0
MESP - Courtenay - PM Liz Grose 2:00 PM, November 27, 2021 0
MESP - Kelowna - AM Tanya Momtazian 9:00 AM, November 28, 2021 0