Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Message from Sarah Stewart 

Just a quick note to tell you about this year's Annual Virtual International Day of the Midwife (VIDM). We are now accepting EOI for presenters so please let us know if you'd like to be involved.

The Virtual International Day of the Midwife (VIDM) celebrates the International Day of the Midwife by bringing midwives and others from across the globe together using online electronic media (http://internationaldayofthemidwife.wikispaces.com).

A variety of live online events are presented every hour for 24 hours on the 5th of May 2012 starting at 10am New Zealand time via web-conferencing facilities. These may include presentations about latest research or practice issues, informal discussions, panel discussions, meetings or story-telling.

The organising committee are now calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) to present at the VIDM eVent. This year's theme is MIDWIVES SAVE LIVES. However, we will consider any topic as long as it is of interest to midwives and people interested in childbirth.

While the EOI must be in English, we welcome presentations on the day in other languages. We also welcome EOI from non-midwives and midwifery students. Presenters need not be experienced in using electronic media - members of the organising committee will be able to give support. Please provide a short paragraph (no more than 150 words) describing your presentation and the form it will take (for example, you may wish to use a PowerPoint presentation).

Please also include your status (eg midwife, non-midwife, midwifery student), country of origin and language of presentation. Your presentation or session should:
• Have a clear aim or purpose
• Focus on maternity care or midwifery
• Be of interest to an international audience
• Be appropriate for web conferencing

If you would like to give a presentation, please indicate what country and time zone you are available in your EOI.
Please note: We will be using the web-conferencing platform Adobe Connect. All sessions will be facilitated by an experienced online facilitator so you will be supported at every stage.

Please submit your EOI by 10th March 2012 by one of these methods:
• Email to Sarah Stewart sarahstewart07@gmail.com
• Add it to the VIDM wiki
• Add to the VIDM Facebook page
• Via Twitter

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