Birth Emergency Skills Training


The original is still the B.E.S.T!

Birth Emergency Skills Training® is the longest-running emergency skills course for out-of-hospital midwives, proudly educating thousands of participants since 2008. Participants build on core competencies and apply current evidence to clinical practice though lively discussion and mentored simulation. The live workshop confers 1.6 ACNM CEUs (16 hours including two for pharmacology) and 14 maternal and 2 newborn CEUs for MEAC.

New HYBRID format! B.E.S.T just got better!

Birth Emergency Skills Training (B.E.S.T.®) is now a HYBRID format with online learning modules followed by hands-on skills training and simulations. This innovation better accommodates the busy schedule of working midwives and reduces physical contact to better protect ourselves, our clients and their babies from COVID-19. 

Do the B.E.S.T two-step...
Step 1:  Complete the B.E.S.T.® online program (approximately 8 hours of presentations and videos) prior to attending the 1-day hands-on skills workshop. You will be provided the link 1 week prior to the in-person meeting date. We have transferred the lecture portion of the former 2-day workshop into an easy-to-use accessible online program. We provide more information than than ever before so that you will be well-prepared to hone your skills in the hands-on practicum.
Step 2:  Attend the Birth Emergency Skills Training (B.E.S.T.®) workshop. Practice with models. Learn new techniques in instructor facilitated skills stations. Train your hands and build muscle memory. Work through simulations and drills with humor and camaraderie.  Return home with your certification in hand, prepared to to give your B.E.S.T. to the women and babies you serve. 

Please consult this amended schedule of upcoming events. YOU MUST BE REGISTERED for an event to receive the link for the B.E.S.T.® ONLINE course.

Andrea Dixon CNM with BEST participants

COVID-19 Update from Andrea Dixon 

In an effort to make our course safe and compliant with COVID mandates, we will be separating into groups of less than 10 for skills practicum, wearing clear face masks and sanitizing our models between groups. It is our assumption, that if attendees are assisting at births, they are using good sense in public and will not participate if ill or symptomatic or under quarantine for exposure. Remember your registration for a hands-on practicum is good for an entire year at any venue if you are unable to attend for any reason.

Upcoming Birth Emergency Skills Training® Workshops 

Dayton, Ohio
October 24-25, 2020 BEST (24th, 9-6pm) and NRP (25th, 9-1pm)
Meadow View Growers
755 N Dayton-Lakeview Rd. SR 235
New Carlisle, OH - 45344
Cost: $495. BEST only, NRP additional $165.
EVENTBRIGHT tickets available
Bring your own lunch
Contact; Emme Pack Midwifery
Phone: (513) 399-7263 and (385)425-8434

Doylestown, Pennsylvania
November 7-8, 2020 BEST (7th, 9-6pm) and NRP (8th, 9-1pm)
3385 Aquetong Rd.
Doylestown, PA, 18902
Cost: $500. BEST only, NRP additional $150 or $175 (if not attending BEST)
Lunch: Vegan lunch provided ($25 for weekend), no animal products allowed at venue
Contact: Erin Kershaw
Phone: (610) 762-6368

Monee, Illinois
November 13-14, 2020 BEST (13th, 9-6pm) NRP (14th, 9-1pm)
Family of Faith Church, Monee IL
$500 BEST, NRP additional $150 or $175 (if not attending BEST)
$100 deposit due 2 weeks prior
Bring your own lunch
Contact: Rachel Harris (708) 595-9421

Wichita, Kansas
November 20-21, 2020 -BEST (20th, 9-6pm), NRP (21st, 9-1pm)
4400 S Hoover, Rd.
Wichita, KS 67215
Cost: $450
NRP additional $150 or $175 (if not attending BEST)
Bring your own lunch
Contact: Bethany Fenlason -
To secure a spot, please send a $150 non-refundable deposit to

Louisville, KY
December 6th, 2020 - BEST 6th (9-6pm)
$100 deposit requested,
Early bird pricing $465 with $100 due at registration and paid in full by Nov. 5th
Registration is $475 after Nov. 20th
Location: Spalding University, Republic Bank Academic Center
981 South 3rd. St. Louisville, KY - 40203
Coffee/tea, snacks and a boxed lunch will be provided as well as parking
To register: email Renee Campbell or call at (502) 819-3573


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We have issued more than 1500 BEST Certificates to date.

We have presented in the following locations with multiple visits in many of these:
AK, AZ, CA, CO, DC, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, MD, MI, MO, NC, NJ, NV, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN,  TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, Canada and Puerto Rico.

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