Paramedic Emergency Skills Program (PESP) - for Midwives

Curious about the AOM's Paramedic Emergency Skills Program (PESP): Managing Birth Out-Of-Hospital? Want to build relationships with paramedics in your community?

Then attend a PESP training day near you!

The Ontario Base Hospital Group (OBHG) welcomes you to attend scheduled PESP training days in your community and has provided a list of contacts in this letter. In addition, your MPG will receive a personal invite directly from the paramedic services in your local community that includes specific dates, times, and locations.

Both OBHG and local paramedic services are very excited about this program and the collaboration it has built between the two professions. We strongly recommend that you stop in on a PESP day. If you do, please keep the points below in mind:

  • Paramedics’ scope of practice in emergency childbirth has recently changed from Basic Life Support to Advanced Life Support patient care standards. However, compared to midwives, paramedics’ scope is limited. For example, in general they may not conduct cervical examinations, but are now authorized to manage cord prolapse by digitally elevating the presenting fetal part.
  • We recommend that you view this PESP webinar before attending a PESP training day so you are aware of the differences between the PESP and an AOM ESW. This will ensure that you have a clear understanding of paramedics’ scope compared to midwives' scope.
  • This event is not “PD Fund-able” nor will your travel and food be reimbursed by the AOM or Base Hospitals.

We hope that you will be able to attend a PESP event in your community. Go for half a day, visit at lunch, or attend the whole day if you wish - and let us know about your experience.

Should you have any further comments or questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jessica Worosz, Events & Program Coordinator.