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


Extension for “Birth During the Pandemic” photos – NOW 15 April!

We are still looking for photos to add to our conference celebratory slide show to say ‘Thank You’ to all involved in birthing throughout the pandemic. The deadline is extended to 15 April at noon UTC.

What has been your experience of “Birth During the Pandemic“?

The VIDM Committee would like to celebrate all those who have worked or given birth during this pandemic. It has been a tough time, so let’s take a moment to say thank you to those doctors, midwives, and student midwives that continue to care during the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to recognize those who continue to train new midwives in this difficult time, and to especially acknowledge those people who have had their pregnancies and births in these challenging times.

Follow the link below to complete the form with your submission to have your photo included in this slideshow.

Birth During the Pandemic photo submissions