The Virtual International Day of the Midwife celebrates the International Day of the Midwife by bringing together midwives, students, consumers and all parties interested in childbirth from across the globe using online electronic media.  A variety of live events are presented every hour for 24 hours across 4th/5th/6th May 2021 (depending on time zone) starting at 22:00 UTC on 5th May.  To check your local starting time, click HERE

NOW CLOSED:  Requests for Expressions of Interest – Call for Proposals – Requests for Abstracts 

WHO CAN SUBMIT?  Midwives and others interested in birth. Student midwives are invited to submit presentation proposals for the VIDM Student Stream.    

Presenters must have a computer with headphones and a reliable internet connection for use during the presentation.

WHAT KIND OF PRESENTATIONS?  Presentations may be about midwifery research, international midwifery (this may include the sustainable development goals), midwifery education initiatives, midwifery practice issues, midwifery philosophy, or Safe Motherhood (please be mindful of the ICM scope of practice of a midwife when considering your topic area Presentations may be organized as informal discussions, panel discussions, meetings, or story-telling. In keeping with the VIDM philosophy, the organising committee have introduced a theme of ‘Birth Equity for All’ for the 2021 conference. Click HERE for more information.

A presentation or session should:

  • Have a clear aim or purpose
  • Focus on midwifery or maternity care
  • Be of interest to a global audience

PRESENTATION FORMAT:  VIDM conferencing software supports voice and PowerPoint presentations or slides in PDF files.  Oral presentations should aim for 30 minutes of content with 10 minutes for questions.  We do not stream video.  Participants can listen and view on computer, tablet or cell/mobile phone.

We welcome poster presentations that will be displayed on the VIDM website accompanied by a podcast, if willing. For more information about poster submissions: Call for Poster Proposals  Closing 01 April 2021.

LANGUAGES:  While the expression of interest /proposal /abstract must be in English, presentations in other languages are welcome.  Translating some key phrases into English on the slides is recommended.  A translator may be available.  Please contact for further information. 

SPEAKER SUPPORT:  Presenters need not be experienced in using web-conferencing software.  Each presenter will be paired with a facilitator who will give support at every stage.  Presenters must commit to attending an online practice session in late April with their facilitator, so that the facilitators are assured that the technology will work well on the presentation day.  Final slides are due April 15, 2021.  Slides will be uploaded then and cannot be changed once uploaded.


Click HERE to see the deadline in different time zones.

Click on the button below to access more information on how to write an abstract.

Research Project    General Presentation