Are you ready for VIDM 2018?

Look to the right of this blog post ⇒  That is how much time you have to get ready for VIDM 2018.

Attending a 24 hour conference with concurrent sessions via webconference takes planning! When are you available? Which sessions are your “must attends” and which ones can you catch as recordings? Review the Programme Calendar and save the sessions to your calendar. Make note of the session room (1 – 2 – 3).

How about the webconferencing technology? Attend a drop in session to check out how Big Blue Button works.  See below to find a session that works for you or look here. The moderators are there to answer any questions. Make sure your headset is working! ALL DROP IN SESSIONS are in Conference Room 3.

Accessing the drop in sessions is the same as accessing the conference. Give it a try and you’ll be ready for the conference.

VIDM 2018 Drop In Sessions

Date / UTCTime / UTCLocal time - world clock Moderator
Sunday 22 April1700 - 1900 hrsClick for your timeCecilia Jevitt
Sunday 22 - Monday 23 April2300 - 0100 hrsClick for your timeLorraine Mockford
Monday 23 April 1400 - 1600 hrsClick for your timeSusana Ku
Tuesday 24 April0900 - 1100 hrsClick for your timeLinda Wylie
Thursday 26 April1300 - 1500 hrsClick for your timeChris Woodhouse
Friday 27 April1700 - 1900 hrsClick for your timeJane Houston
Sunday 29 April1700 - 1900 hrsClick for your timeSusana Ku
Monday 30 April1900 - 2100 hrsClick to check your timeJane Houston
Tuesday 01 May0700 - 0900 hrsClick for your timeLinda Wylie
Tuesday 01 May2100 - 2300 hrsClick for your timeLorraine Mockford
Wednesday 02 May1500 - 1700 hrsClick for your timeChris Woodhouse


VIDM 2018 Programme

It is with great joy that we announce the successful arrival of the Virtual International Day of the Midwife 2018 Programme. The organizing committee is doing fine.


The programme represents speakers from 15 countries across 6 continents, and includes presentations in 3 languages. What a way to celebrate 10 years!

Many thanks to our speakers and facilitators for their support and generosity of time and commitment. Your hard work starts now as you connect with one another to prepare for the big day — Just one month away!

The programme is published using UTC time zone, starting at 22:00 on 04 May.  Be sure to check your local time — you don’t want to miss a thing! Time conversion information is provided. You can also subscribe to the programme calendar to add it to your local time calendar.

VIDM 2018 will be coming to you via the webconferencing platform Big Blue Button, supported by Frontier Nursing University. Information for speakers, facilitators, and participants will be available here very soon. We are excited about the possibilities.

We would like to thank  University College Lillebaelt for their support with Adobe Connect over the years.

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VIDM 2018 Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce the Keynote Speakers for Virtual International Day of the Midwife 2018. The keynote speakers were selected to meet our goal of global representation for the VIDM 10 year anniversary. Mission accomplished!

Click on each speaker below for their biography.

Franka Cadée: President, International Confederation of Midwives (ICM)

Susan Stone: President, Frontier Nursing University: President-Elect of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM)

Karen Guilliland: Chief Executive, New Zealand College of Midwives

Jemima Dennis-Antwi: President, Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives

Sarah Stewart: Founder, VIDM; Midwifery Adviser and Manager, Policy and Professional Practice Unit, Australian College of Midwives

The full program will be published on the website in the next couple of weeks. We have also received a number of outstanding posters which will be displayed on the website.

Don’t Forget

We are still looking for a few facilitators. This is a wonderful item to add to your CV. See HERE for details. Apply right away!

VIDM 2018 :: 04 – 05 May.  Stay for a session or stay for all of them. It is up to you.

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  • Join the mailing list and receive the newsletter
  • Follow this blog for regular updates
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Be a part of it! Join the VIDM facilitators

VIDM facilitators are the foundation of our success. We simply could not do what we do without the support of these outstanding volunteers. The call for facilitators closes 10 March 2018. Sign up now!

What does a VIDM facilitator do?

  • Before the conference facilitators work with conference presenters, helping them to use the webconferencing technology to enhance their presentation
  • During the conference facilitators moderate the speaker’s session, keeping time and providing space for audience questions and discussions

Each facilitator works with the guidance of a session moderator, Lorraine.VIDM2013(1)assisting before and during the conference. Training is provided. Moderator positions are available for experienced VIDM facilitators.

If you have experience using webconferencing technology and would like to add something interesting to your resume, apply to become a VIDM facilitator today.

Facilitator information and application forms are available HERE

Important Dates

Call for Facilitators closes: 10 March 2018

VIDM conference: 04 /05 May 2018



Call for Abstracts Extended!

The call for presentation abstracts is extended until 15 February 2018.

We have extended the deadline by 2 weeks — you still have time to submit your presentation abstracts for VIDM 2018. Don’t delay! Get your presentation abstract submitted right away.

Call for Abstracts – extended

VIDM is your chance to share what you are doing with a global midwifery audience. Propose a topic to debate or share an interesting case study. What are you researching? The VIDM community wants to hear about it.

We accept presentations in other languages than English.

Important Dates

Call for Abstracts – extended closes: 15 February 2018

Call for Facilitators closes: 10 March 2018

VIDM conference: 05 May 2018

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