All VIDM 2023 Conference sessions are recorded. Links to the recordings are available on our @VirtualMidwives YouTube channel and linked below in each session listing.

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VIDM 2023 Conference sessions were presented and recorded using Big Blue Button mobile friendly webconferencing technology, thanks to our colleagues at Frontier Nursing University

01 Keynote :: Sarah Stewart
May 4 @ 22:00 – 22:50
01  Keynote :: Sarah Stewart @ Room D

Onwards and upwards. Turning a pandemic into midwifery opportunities

Speaker: Sarah Stewart

Facilitator: Deborah Davis

Fifteen years ago I started the Virtual International Day of the Midwife (VIDM) on my kitchen table. The first year I pretty much spent talking to myself. Who could have guessed all these years later that a global pandemic, which would cause such devastation, would also make virtual conferencing an everyday occurrence. And that the organising committee could leverage COVID-19 into an opportunity to grow the VIDM to an audience of thousands across the world. In this presentation I will be reflecting on the lessons I learned over the years I was facilitating the VIDM about leadership, collaboration and innovation which are critical elements we need to influence and shape midwifery and women/people-centred care as we transition out of the pandemic.


03 Midwifery management of the fetus in the persistent occiput posterior position
May 5 @ 00:00 – 00:50
03  Midwifery management of the fetus in the persistent occiput posterior position @ Room C

Speaker: Elizabeth Arnold-Leahy

Facilitator: Caitlin Goodwin

Persistent Occiput Posterior Position of the fetus is the most common variation or malposition during labor. Despite a midwife’s knowledge that 90% of Occiput Posterior fetuses will rotate to Occiput Anterior during the course of labor either spontaneously or with coaxing, we also know the abominable outcome statistics for birthers whose fetuses remain posterior. These births are associated with higher rates of operative intervention, as well as maternal and neonatal morbidity. 

Midwives have a variety of techniques to facilitate the rotation such as repositioning, exercises. The ultimate technique in the midwife’s tool bag is Manual Rotation which has been shown to increase rates of vaginal birth. Current global midwifery research on strategies and techniques, risks, benefits, alternatives, education and considerations, incidence for outcomes, sequelae, and community and hospital site considerations are reviewed. This presentation will discuss of various strategies to promote and facilitate rotation to Occiput Anterior will be presented