Virtual International Day of the Midwife (VIDM) is a 24-hour FREE ONLINE CONFERENCE centred on 5th May for midwives and anyone interested in childbirth. VIDM 2020 celebrates the International Year of the Midwife
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 Updateand 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.
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.
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.
The call for VIDM 2020 volunteer facilitators is now open.
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 01 February 2020. 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, assisting before and during the conference. Training is provided. Facilitators should be proficient in English. The ability to work in additional languages is an asset, especially Spanish. VIDM 2019 saw presentations in English, Spanish, French, and Italian.
If you have experience using webconferencing technology and would like to add something interesting to your resume, apply to become a VIDM facilitator today.