The VIDM 2021 Programme is now available!

Welcome to the 13th Virtual International Day of the Midwife conference — as always free and fully online. 

We have our highest number of presentations to date — over 40 presentations in 24 hours PLUS a Preconference event with WHO associates Elizabeth Iro and Fran McConville starting 2 hours beforehand. Speakers come from 23 countries, with presentations offered in English and Spanish. The Student Stream offers multiple sessions of particular interest to student midwives, including the 2 Invited Speaker sessions (Sessions 04 and 15). Search for the “Student Stream” category. Many of the presentations focus on the VIDM 2021 theme “Birth Equity for All”.

Starting with the preconference event with representatives from the World Health Organization (WHO) and continuing throughout the conference with the opening keynote address (Session 1 – Soo Downe ) to the closing keynote address (Session 24 – Kaveri Mayra), there is much to inspire and support your midwifery practice with interests both local and global. Check out the programme for yourself by clicking the link below or looking under VIDM 2021 on the menu bar above.

VIDM 2021 Programme Calendar

The VIDM 2021 Programme Calendar is published using the UTC time zone, starting with the Preconference session at 20:00 on 04 May. A link is provided in each session description to show the time in your location – click to check. You can also subscribe to the Programme Calendar to add either the entire program or individual sessions to your own digital calendar.

Many thanks to speakers and session facilitators — your patience and hard work make VIDM a success each year.

VIDM 2021 will be coming to you via the webconferencing platform Big Blue Button, supported by Frontier Nursing University. Throughout April look for information about accessing the conference along with opportunities to try out the technology at drop-in sessions. Check back often! Better yet, subscribe to the VIDM blog and never miss a post.

Announcing the 2021 VIDM Keynote and Invited Speakers

It is our pleasure to announce the keynote and invited speakers for Virtual International Day of the Midwife 2021.

There are several invited guest speakers headlining the 2021 Student Stream. The Student Stream has speakers of interest to students, as well as presentations by student midwives from around the world.  The full 2021 Program will be available on the website in the next few weeks.

Keynote Speakers

2021 Keynote speakers

Soo Downe – Opening Speaker

Hannah Dahlen – Session 09

Sandra Oyarzo Torres – Session 17

Kaveri Mayra – Closing Speaker




Invited Speakers

Devora Pumacahua and Diego Huamani – Session 04Devora and Diego







Anna Coonan-Byrom
Anna Coonan-Byrom

Anna Coonan-Byrom – Session  15








As an online conference, Virtual International Day of the Midwife is one of the few international events that has not changed format or postponed or canceled due to physical distancing restrictions. All you need is access to the internet and you are able to attend any or all of the more than 24 hours of sessions. The VIDM uses webconferencing technology (Big Blue Button) that is mobile friendly and relatively low bandwidth. Instruction on how to access the conference will be available later.

Important Dates:
  • Deadline for Birth During the Pandemic photo submissions: 15 April
  • VIDM 2021: 04-05 May


VIDM 2021 :: Call for proposals now open!

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.

VIDM wants to hear from you! The call for proposals is now open for both presentations and online posters. What are you excited about in midwifery? What are your research interests? Share your ideas with the VIDM community. Both posters and presentations will have a dedicated Student Stream in 2021.

The theme for VIDM 2021 is ‘Birth Equity for All’. We strongly encourage considering this theme when submitting your proposal. Click HERE for more information.

Presentation proposals and poster submissions will be made via this website.  Click on the titles below for more information and submission forms.

Call for Presentation Proposals:  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.  Presentations may be organized as informal discussions, panel discussions, meetings, or story-telling. 
Call for Poster Proposals: Posters will be displayed here on the website. Topics may be midwifery research, international midwifery (this may include the sustainable development goals), midwifery education initiatives, midwifery practice issues, midwifery philosophy, or Safe Motherhood. Presenters may choose to participate in a podcast interview about their poster.