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.

Explore the VIDM 2020 Posters — Outstanding!

Each year VIDM receives a number of outstanding posters which illustrate many aspects of midwifery practice and research around the globe. This year is no different. We have provided a separate category for Midwifery Students to showcase their work, many of which are interesting research as well.  Additionally, some of the poster presenters chose to be interviewed — Podcast interviews are found below their names on the presentation pages.

Please take some time to review this excellent work. Follow the links to the presentation pages.

VIDM 2020 Research Posters

VIDM 2020 Midwifery Student Posters

For an alternative view check the poster galleries below:

Student Midwifery Posters

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Research Posters

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VIDM 2020 Programme now available!

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.