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

Upcoming Birth Emergency Skills Training® Workshops

Denver, Colorado March 26 - 27th, 2021
BEST (27th - 9-6pm), NRP (26th, 1-5)
18975 East Low Pl.
Aurora, CO - 80015 (30 minutes outside of Denver)
Cost: $500 + 35 - payment in full upon registration
Registration commitment includes completion of 8 hours online prior to workshop
Register at
Maximum18 attendees
Bring your own pack lunch, there is no time to eat out for lunch. Tea, coffee and snacks are provided.
ContactHeid Hennigan or (720) 295-2492

Wichita, Kansas June 4-5th, 2021 
BEST (4th, 9-6pm) NRP (5th, 9-1pm)
4400 S Hoover, Rd.
Wichita, KS 67215
Cost: $500 + $35, unless prepaid in 2020
Payment in full is due by May 1st. Minimum 12 attendees, maximum 18 attendees.
Registration commitment includes completion of 8 hours online prior to workshop
Meals are on your own (bring your own lunch) to be eaten at the venue. There is not enough time to break for an outside lunch.
Contact: Bethany Fenlason -
To secure your spot, please send a $150 non-refundable deposit to

Louisville, Kentucky June 26th, 2020
Birth Emergency Skills Training 9-6pm
Cost of BEST workshop $500 (+$35 online access) with $100 deposit due at registration and paid in full by May 26th.
Registration commitment includes completion of online 8 hour course prior.
Coffee/tea, snacks and a boxed lunch will be provided as well as parking.
Contact: Renee Campbell at

 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.

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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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