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

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 


08 Keynote :: Inderjeet Kaur
May 5 @ 05:00 – 05:50
08  Keynote :: Inderjeet Kaur @ Room D

Title: Professional Midwifery: Revolutionising Maternal Care in India

Speaker: Indie Kaur

Facilitators: Red Miller and Suman Lata

Research shows that midwife-led care reduces unnecessary interventions, and mothers go on to have better birth experiences. In 2011, Fernandez Hospital piloted an in-house professional midwifery education and training program when such a cadre did not exist in India. Unnecessary interventions like episiotomies and epidurals decreased, and women’s positive feedback increased yearly. Looking at this success, the Government of Telangana and UNICEF partnered with Fernandez Hospital to pilot midwifery training in its public hospitals.

These midwives created a paradigm shift in maternity care, helped increase normal births, and promoted respectful maternity care in the state’s public facilities. This led to the government investing in the need for separate training for midwives in India and launching ‘Guidelines on Midwifery Services’ in 2018. This was a historic moment for midwifery in the country, recognising the need for a separate professional training building on a strong cadre and rolling our midwifery care to women and new-born in the country.

The Foundation has since partnered with The Government of India and Telangana State with the support of The World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF to train midwifery educators in India, strengthening midwifery services.


19 Collaborative working to enable women centred care
May 5 @ 16:00 – 16:50
19  Collaborative working to enable women centred care @ Room B

Speaker: Florence Wilcock 

Facilitator: Ally Anderson and Liticia Arthur

I am fortunate to work in the UK NHS within a midwifery-based system of maternity care where the role of the midwife is well recognised and respected. Despite this maternity care can sometimes break down and become a ‘them and us culture’ with conflict between different staff groups with midwives perhaps seen as advocates for women in contrast to obstetricians using a more paternalistic and medicalised model. I know in other regions in the world this can be even more marked with very obstetric based models and obstetric nurses in some countries or else with limited access to either profession in others. In this talk I will discuss my experiences of working alongside midwifery colleagues to try and enable women centred holistic care as well as making some suggestions of how you might build effective working relationships with obstetric colleagues.

(FRCOG aka TheObsPod)


22 Experiences of obstetric nurses and midwives receiving a perinatal bereavement care training programme: A qualitative study
May 5 @ 19:00 – 19:50
22  Experiences of obstetric nurses and midwives receiving a perinatal bereavement care training programme: A qualitative study @ Room C

Speaker: Jialu Qian

Facilitator: Heather Brigance

Purpose: The psychological outcomes for many parents who experience perinatal loss depend on nurses’ and midwives’ ability to provide effective bereavement support. However, most nurses and midwives lack the ability in this field. The aim of the study was to explore obstetric nurses and midwifery professionals’ experiences with the Perinatal Bereavement Care Training Programme (PBCTP) after implementation.

Method: This qualitative study was conducted at a tertiary level maternity hospital in China. The PBCTP was implemented from March to May 2022. A total of 127 nurses and 44 midwives were invited to participate in the training. Obstetric nurses and midwives studied a 5-module training programme comprised of 8 online theoretical courses. Semi-structured telephone interviews were conducted with 12 obstetric nurses and 4 midwives from May to July 2022 as a post-intervention evaluation. Thematic analysis was used in the data analysis.

Results: Six main themes within participants’ experiences of PBCTP intervention were identified: aims of the training; personal growth and practice changes after training; the most valuable training content; suggestions for training improvement; directions for practice improvement; influencing factors of practice optimisation.

Conclusion: Nursing and midwifery professionals described the PBCTP as satisfying their learning and skills enhancement needs and supporting positive changes in their care providing for bereaved families. The optimised training programme should be widely applied in the future. More efforts from the hospitals, managers, obstetric nurses and midwives are needed to contribute to forming a uniform care pathway and promoting a supportive perinatal bereavement care practice.