The Virtual International Day of the Midwife (VIDM) is an annual online conference which celebrates the International Day of the Midwife. It is held on or around May 5th each year to be as close to the International Day of the Midwife as possible.
VIDM runs for 24 hours and covers a wide range of subjects with speakers from around the globe. It uses online conferencing software to bring together people who have an interest in childbirth matters – midwives, students and consumers — all completely free.
The VIDM podcast interviews highlight the conference, the speakers and behind the scenes planning each year.
VIDM Podcast Interviews
- CHIRAPAQ with Tania Pariona Tarqui (Spanish): Arte de la Partería Indígena: Resistencias, desafíos y continuidadesby Virtual International Day of the MidwifeSpeaker: Tania Pariona Tarqui Facilitator: Paloma Terra Se trata de la presentación de los hallazgos obtenidos del Mapeo de organizaciones y experiencias de parteras indígenas de las Américas.Los objetivos de este mapeo son: identificar organizaciones de parteras indígenas, además de delinear la situación en la que se encuentran y las experiencias que se han generado cada país, […]
- by Virtual International Day of the MidwifeThe DOC Learning Tool The Participatory Action Research study involved three phases, Exploration (Phase One), Intervention (Phase Two) and Evaluation (Phase Three). Phase One involved a World Café event where an Expert Working Group (n=19) created the DOC Learning Tool based on the NMC Standards. One hundred percent face and content validity of the Tool […]
- by Virtual International Day of the MidwifeGiulia Maga, Department of Biomedicine and Prevention, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy; Cristina Arrigoni (2); Lia Brigante (3,4); Rosaria Cappadona (5); Rosario Caruso (6,7); Marina Alice Sylvia Daniele (8); Elsa Del Bo (9); Chiara Ogliari (9); Arianna Magon (6): (2) Department of Public Health, Experimental and Forensic Medicine, Section of Hygiene, University of […]
- Molly O’Brien 2023 Keynote speaker: Biomechanics for birth: New learning & insights for practice: The 3 R’sby Virtual International Day of the MidwifeMidwifery work is wide ranging. In essence we are public health practitioners, protecting, maintaining and enhancing the health and wellbeing of women and their families. As skilled practitioners we seek to understand and mitigate myriad factors that contribute to ill health while aiming to support and optimise birth physiology as per our code of proficiency. […]
- by Virtual International Day of the MidwifePeer Support in Capacity Building For Midwifery Association at Bantul District Indonesian Midwives Association (IMA) at Bantul District managed 840 midwives with 40 midwives as the board who very active and enthusiastic members. This characteristic of human resources in this organization have played a vital role to gain the goals, save mother and her babies. […]
- by Virtual International Day of the MidwifeA Mosaic of Maternal Mental Health Factors: Findings from four maternal mental health link work prototypes in the North East of England; understanding maternal mental health, health inequalities and unmet needs Ang Broadbridge and Rachel McDonald Community link workers support women and families with what matters to them, this prototype project across four sites in […]
- by Virtual International Day of the MidwifeHealth Seeking Behaviour (HSB) of Pregnant Adolescent: A Scoping Review Adolescent pregnant women are a vulnerable group. They frequently experience emotional and physical issues related to their pregnancy. Understanding adolescent mothers is crucial, particularly in understanding healthcare-seeking behavior (HSB) and factors influencing HSB among pregnant adolescents.Aim: To summarise the existing literature to provide insight into […]
- by Virtual International Day of the MidwifeMidwives as Climate Change Mitigators and Adaptors According to the World Health Organization, the largest threat to humanity is the ongoing climate crisis. In fact, scientists predict that natural hazards (e.g., heat waves, hurricanes, floods) will occur with increasing frequency, duration, and severity due to human-caused climate change. No matter what community is impacted, there […]
- by Virtual International Day of the MidwifePregnant women with diabetes and clinician’s experiences of participating in a feasibility randomised controlled trial of corticosteroids in late pregnancy Little research exists to support the administration of corticosteroids to pregnant women with diabetes booked for planned caesarean section at term. The PRECeDe pilot randomised controlled trial (RCT) was conducted to determine the acceptability, feasibility, […]
- Liz Newnham 2023 Invited Speaker: When art and science collide: towards a political philosophy of humanised birthby Virtual International Day of the MidwifeIn her conference presentation Liz draws together the various threads of her work to propose a political philosophy of birth space and practice. She examines how the ‘science’ (of knowledge production) affects the ‘art’ (of midwifery practice) using the example of epidural analgesia, water immersion and constructions of ‘safety’ in obstetric discourse. From this, she […]
- Sarah Stewart 2023 keynote speaker: Onwards and upwards. Turning a pandemic into midwifery opportunitiesby Virtual International Day of the MidwifeFifteen years ago Sarah started the Virtual International Day of the Midwife (VIDM) on her kitchen table. The first year she pretty much spent talking to herself. 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 […]
- by Virtual International Day of the MidwifeGiving birth in freedom: alternative positions in birth and expulsive period. Since ancient times, women have chosen the position in which to give birth. The excessive medicalization, however, has led to the prevalence of the woman's immobility. Semi-quantitative observational study conducted with convention sampling on 115 women who gave birth between March and April 2017 […]
- by Virtual International Day of the MidwifePost graduate studies can seem daunting and beyond the reach of midwives. This podcast helps to demystify the process and to share other peoples journeys into midwifery and post graduate studies. This podcast tells the behind the scenes stories from a personal point of view, and shares tips and tricks on how to survive and […]
- by Virtual International Day of the MidwifeThere are considerable tensions for healthcare staff between their employee allegiance and contracts, patient safety, and their responsibilities to codes of conduct within professional registration, and the NHS Constitution. The research aim was to identify how power and hierarchy influence staff safety in maternity services and this was achieved by reviewing research papers concerned with […]
- by Virtual International Day of the MidwifeBackground: In low and middle-income countries, many childbirths still occur at home unskilled attendants. This study assessed reasons for traditional birth attendants’ preference, utilization, and associated factors. Methods: A cross-sectional study was employed among 416 women. Study participants were recruited by a simple random sampling technique. Data were collected using a pretested and interviewer-administered questionnaire. […]
- by Virtual International Day of the MidwifeOne of the efforts to reduce maternal and infant mortality is through antenatal care (ANC). Standardized antenatal care is expected to be able to monitor the condition of the mother's pregnancy from the beginning of pregnancy to the time of delivery, as well as to detect early risk factors that may occur during pregnancy, childbirth […]
- by Virtual International Day of the MidwifeThe Irish National Maternity Strategy (2016) endorses woman centred care and recommends women be offered choice of three care pathways based on preference, clinical need, and best evidence. Care is provided by midwives within The Supported Care Pathway, upholding seamless routes of referral and reciprocal transfer as appropriate to assisted and specialised care pathways (DOH, […]
- by Virtual International Day of the MidwifeTo Weigh or Not to Weigh in Pregnancy All women attending this service have their BMI calculated at booking. Healthy eating and a recommended weight gain of 15kg to reduce the risk of CS, hypertension and birth weight over 4kg are discussed. In May 2021 43 babies had birth weights over 4kg. This prompted the […]
- by Virtual International Day of the MidwifeMujeres y parteras: Fortalecimiento en red RELACAHUPAN (Red latinoamericana y del Caribe por la humanización del parto y nacimiento ) El objetivo de la red está centrado en apoyar y promover la consolidación de modelos respetuosos de atención a las mujeres y familias durante sus procesos de gestar, parir, nacer. Siendo múltiples los contextos y […]
- by Virtual International Day of the MidwifeHannah Borboleta is an autonomous feminist midwife from Mexico City and currently head of the midwifery team at Morada Violeta, a feminist midwifery center. She has mentored midwives and has spoken and written about the importance of an autonomous midwifery model of care that places women at the center of decision making. She's a women […]