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 2022 (depending on time zone) starting at 22:00 UTC on 5th May.  To check your local starting time, click HERE

In 2023, VIDM is celebrating their 15th year of hosting this online free conference!

Requests for Expressions of Interest – Call for Proposals – Requests for Abstracts 

WHO CAN SUBMIT?  Midwives and others interested in birth. Student midwives are encouraged to submit presentation proposals.  

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

WHAT KIND OF PRESENTATIONS?  Presentations may include midwifery research, international midwifery (this may include the Sustainable Development Goals), midwifery education initiatives, midwifery practice issues, midwifery philosophy, physiology and pathophysiology, social justice, and Safe Motherhood (please review 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.  More information is available from the conference website In keeping with the VIDM philosophy, the organizing committee has introduced a theme of ‘The Art and Science of Midwifery: Celebrating 15 years of VIDM’ for the 2023 conference.

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.  All presentations are live.  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 Presentations – VIDM 2023

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 the facilitator, so that the facilitators are assured that the technology will work well on the presentation day.  Final slides are due April 14, 2023.  Slides cannot include animations or videos as they are converted to a PDF. Slides will be uploaded to our conferencing software after April 14 and cannot be changed once uploaded.

Presentation Proposals are now CLOSED. Thank you for your interest.

Follow this link to see the deadline in different time zones:

It is strongly recommended you read the guidance below before submitting your abstract. Please keep to the 250 word limit.

Click on the links below to access information on how to write an abstract:

How to Write an Abstract for a Research Project

How to Write an Abstract for a General Presentation