Frontier Nursing University (FNU) is proud to sponsor this year’s Virtual International Day of the Midwife (VIDM)! In the spirit of the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife appointed by the World Health Organization (WHO), VIDM is a 24-hour free online conference taking place on Monday, May 4 and Tuesday, May 5, 2020, for nurse-midwives and anyone interested in childbirth.
This year, expect to hear from several fantastic keynote speakers and student speakers during the online virtual conference. The live link will appear on the VIDM website closer to its date.
This year’s celebration will kick off on Monday, May 4, with two special pre-conference sessions led by WHO associates:
- WHO Chief Nurse and Midwife Elizabeth Iro and WHO Midwifery Advisor Fran McConville will discuss the organization’s guidance on maternal and newborn health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Mary Renfrew will discuss sustainability in nurse-midwifery care in a pandemic, on behalf of a group of global colleagues.
The Virtual International Day of the Midwife will feature several informative sessions covering a wide range of subjects for 24 hours on Tuesday, May 5. The free virtual event, which uses online conferencing software, brings all interested in childbirth matters together irrespective of international geographic borders.
FNU’s Jane F. Houston, DNP, CNM, MSN, FACNM will serve as Master Facilitator of this year’s sessions. Dr. Houston has served on the committee for many years and has also participated as a speaker and facilitator. She isn’t the first of the FNU community to participate – in 2018, FNU president and certified nurse-midwife Dr. Susan Stone served as one of five keynote speakers, speaking on the importance of a diverse nurse-midwifery workforce.
This year’s keynote speakers are Sheena Byrom, who will begin the conference, Dr. Vijaya Krishnan, Saraswathi Vedam, and Susan Crowther. See the full schedule of events here.
VIDM is a fantastic learning opportunity and offers a great chance to hear from some of the brightest minds in midwifery. Students, faculty, alumni and the public can tune in for free to the 2020 VIDM on www.vidm.org.
To learn more about FNU’s distance education degrees and specialty tracks, please visit our website.
2020: Year of the Nurse and the Midwife
Frontier Nursing University (FNU) is proud to support and join the World Health Organization’s international campaign designating 2020 as the “Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.” In recognizing the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, FNU joins the efforts to raise awareness of healthcare shortages in the U.S. and abroad; demonstrate the need for more nurses and nurse-midwives; educate the public of the value of nurses and nurse-midwives in their communities and advocate for access to quality healthcare for every individual.