Welcome to the 12th Virtual International Day of the Midwife conference — free and fully online. We have our highest number of presentations to date with a total of 38 presentations over 24 hours PLUS a preconference event with WHO associates starting 3 hours beforehand.
Speakers come from 17 countries across 6 continents, and presentations are offered in English and Spanish. The Student Stream has expanded this year, with 7 sessions of particular interest to student midwives, including 2 invited speaker sessions (Sessions 06 and 20). As to be expected in this time of pandemic, COVID-19 issues are foremost. Starting with the preconference event Midwives on the Pandemic Frontline: WHO COVID-19 Update and continuing throughout the conference with both the opening keynote address (Session 1 – Sheena Byrom) and an invited speaker (Session 17 – Rebecca Dekker), there is much to inspire and support your midwifery practice.
The VIDM 2020 Programme is published using the UTC time zone, starting with the Preconference sessions at 19:00 on 04 May. A link is provided in each session description to show the time in your location. You can also subscribe to the Programme Calendar to add either the entire program or individual sessions to your own electronic calendar.
Many thanks to speakers and session facilitators — your patience and hard work make VIDM a success each year.
VIDM 2020 will be coming to you via the webconferencing platform Big Blue Button, supported by Frontier Nursing University. Information for speakers, facilitators, and participants is being added almost daily. Information about accessing the conference will be added soon along with opportunities to check out the technology at drop-in sessions. Check back often! Better yet, subscribe to the VIDM blog and never miss a post.