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.

Midwives on the Pandemic Frontline: WHO COVID-19 Update – Preconference event!

We are honoured to announce that World Health Organization (WHO)  associates will be presenting two special preconference sessions starting 3 hours before the start of VIDM 2020.  We hope you will be able to join us for these significant presentations and discussions.

Midwives on the Pandemic Frontline: WHO COVID-19 Update

A :: WHO guidance on maternal and newborn health during the coronavirus pandemic

04 May – 19:00 UTC  (Click for the time in your location)

Speakers:  Elizabeth Iro, WHO Chief Nurse and midwife  and Fran McConville, WHO Midwifery adviser.

B :: Sustaining quality midwifery care in a pandemic and beyond

04 May -20:00 UTC  (Click for the time in your location)

Speakers: Lastina Lwatula (Jhpiego Zambia), Mary Renfrew (University of Dundee, Scotland), and Anna von Horsten (UNFPA) on behalf of a group of global colleagues

Check the VIDM 2020 Programme Calendar for conference session details. Click HERE

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VIDM 2020 Keynote and Invited Guest Speakers

VIDM 2020 Keynote and Invited Speakers

It is our pleasure to announce the keynote and invited guest speakers for Virtual International Day of the Midwife 2020.  In addition to our globally renowned Keynote Speakers, we also have a special invited guest, Rebecca Dekker, joining us during the conference to discuss the COVID-19 crisis (Session 17).

There are several invited guest speakers headlining the 2020 Student Stream. The Student Stream has speakers of interest to students, as well as presentations by student midwives from around the world.  The full 2020 Program will be available on the website in the next few weeks.

Keynote Speakers:

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Sheena Byrom – Opening:  Session 1

Saraswathi Vedam– Session 18

Vijaya Krishnan– Session 8

Susan Crowther–  Closing:  Session 24

Invited Guest Speakers:

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Rebecca Dekker– Session 17

Hazel Keedle (Student Stream) – Session 8

Cindy Farley and Jennifer Jagger (Student Stream) – Session 20

As an online conference, Virtual International Day of the Midwife is one of the few international events that does not have to change format or postpone or cancel 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 Poster Proposals: 13 April
    • VIDM 2020: 04-05 May