Once again Linda Wylie, from the School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery, is one of a team of 8 volunteers from around the world, organising the #VIDoM to celebrate International Day of the Midwife. The volunteers are leading academics, midwives and technology experts from UK, USA, Canada, Denmark, Australia and New Zealand.
The VIDM is a free online conference lasting for 24 hours to celebrate the IDM in all the world’s time zones. Now in its 8th year, speakers this year come from 15 different countries and are presenting on a wide range of topics. Keynote speakers are Professors Eugene Declercq from the USA, Maralyn Foureur and Caroline Homer from Australia, and Ellen Blix from Norway.
Concurrently, as a result of the success of these last year, three student cafés are being held, again for the different time zones, in which students will facilitate discussion around midwifery education and practice. New this year, in response to last year’s evaluation, three workshops are being held on Waterbirth, Neonatal Resuscitation and Vaginal Birth after Caesarean Section.
The conference is free. There is no need to register, just follow the link on the website www.vidm.org on 5th May to contribute to any of the 24 one hour sessions.
One of the speakers this year attended 23 of the sessions last year! Her comment – a chance not to be missed. Continuing Professional Development at no cost other than time.