Call For Abstracts

2018 ACNM 63rd Annual Meeting and Exhibit Call for Abstracts



  • DOR and DGH Research Abstracts will be blind peer-reviewed by the DOR and DGH.
  • If you are a researcher and would like to present an education session, please submit a general abstract, select a primary track and research as a secondary identifier.
  • All other abstracts will be blind peer-reviewed by the program committee members
  • Abstract submission in any category does not guarantee acceptance.


What is a Special Interest Session

Special Interest Sessions are oral presentations with a limited number of participants seated around a table. Special Interest Sessions allow for colleagues with similar interests to receive targeted (“pearls” )information. Each Special Interest Session will be 30 minutes long allowing for a 5-10 minute question and answer period. There will be a moderator(s) present for the Special Interest Sessions to make sure presenters begin and end their presentations on time. Participants attending the Special Interest Sessions will rotate between two presentations to qualify for CEUs. Special Interest Sessions are planned to be held without audiovisual aids.

What is the Fast Track Format?

The Fast Track format clusters similar presentations together within the 60 minute time frame. The time will be divided between the 2-3 presentations with a 10 minute Q&A period at the end. It is fast paced and presenters should provide the “pearls” of the topic. A moderator will be assigned to each cluster to help ensure that each presentation is afforded the appropriate time. For the Q&A period, the audience will be asked to submit questions in writing. It is anticipated this will help to ensure that all members in attendance will have an equal opportunity to have their questions answered.

We welcome submissions that describe an innovative approach to clinical, business, education, global service, leadership, and policy aspects of midwifery education and practice. Proposals in the following areas are sought: primary care, evidence-based practice, global health, education, business, racism and diversity issues, and policy that expand on current knowledge or introduce novel approaches to care.

Please note the following important points:

  • ACNM reserves the right to cancel a presentation based on noncompliance at any point on any issue. This includes but is not limited to: failure to return signed presenter agreement, failure to submit handouts, presenter changes, etc.
  • The individual submitting the abstract is considered the primary contact. All correspondence about the abstract will be emailed to the submitting author. The primary submitting author is responsible for providing any communication details to the other presenters.
  • ACNM is a noncommercial forum. Under no circumstances may a session be used as a place for direct promotion of a presenter’s product, service, or monetary self-interest. Sales pitches disguised as presentations will not be considered.
  • Presenters do not need to be ACNM members in order to submit an abstract.
  • ACNM will provide laptop computers for education session presentations. ACNM will only provide the following audiovisual:
    • Laptop
    • LCD projector and screen
    • one wired lavaliere microphone
    • podium
  • All education session presentations will run 60 minutes. Presenters should limit the scope they will cover and focus on pertinent issues.
  • All other AV needs must be communicated to the meeting planners prior to the conference.
  • Workshop Sessions a presentation laptop computer will not be provided for workshop presentations.
  • All workshops will be identified as half day (4 hours) or full day (8 hours).
  • Workshop speakers must bring their own laptop and notify ACNM in advance they plan to do so.


How to submit an abstract

Submission Dates: The electronic system will close August 25, 2017 at 11:59PM EST

All abstracts must be submitted electronically on this site.

Abstracts that are incomplete, late or inconsistent with the format will not be considered.

The following is the content you will be required to submit for Workshops, Education Sessions, and Panel Discussions.

  • Behavioral Objectives: serve to clearly outline what the participant will learn as a result of attending this session. Each objective must be stated in terms of learner outcome, i.e., at the end of the session the participant should be able to demonstrate the following knowledge and/or skills.
  • Outline: an outline should be submitted and relevant to each objective. The outline and the objectives must support each other and be directly related. For each content area, be sure to indicate time allocated.
  • References: references from 2012-2017, from peer-reviewed, refereed journals or texts are required with the abstract submission


In keeping with the ACNM Strategic plan, abstracts for educational sessions and workshops should include, to the extent possible for your topic, health disparities, health inequities, and the role of social determinants of health, as well as the new tract racism and diversity. Here are some suggestions for how you can include this content in your abstracts:

  • Define and describe health disparities and contextualize health inequities in this presentation
  • Discuss the implications of demographic trends for health inequities
  • Explain how cultural biases may shape clinical encounters
  • Address the need to assess individuals and families based upon a psycho/social/cultural/political/spiritual perspective


General Abstracts

All general abstracts submitted for oral presentation must be beyond ACNM core competencies or show new learning (new research, new models, etc.), and have appropriate documentation of references.

Research Posters

For Research Posters, please see below.

Posters may describe a clinical project, address elements of clinical practice that expand on current practice or introduce novel approaches to care. We welcome posters on the delivery of full scope maternity care, high risk obstetrics, gynecological issues, family planning, primary care, and pediatrics as it applies to the newborn, and behavioral and psycho-social aspects of care. We also welcome topics, which include the management of counseling and therapies for psychological conditions and challenges surrounding a woman’s life along with health promotion and disease preventing strategies. The College both supports and encourages posters that address the art and science of providing midwifery care. Political and business practice issues, public relations and development of public and private programs serving childbearing families and mothers from a grassroots to global approach are vital to the growth of our profession and our goal for improving maternal child care and the care of all women. Students are encouraged to submit posters describing scholarly projects, service learning innovations and Masters or DNP Capstones or PhD dissertations. All general posters will be considered for CE, therefore references and bios need to be submitted during the call. Please follow the general guidelines for abstract submissions.

We expect all interested presenters to submit their oral abstract or poster to a “common” site according to the track which most closely relates to their topic.

Research Abstracts

Research Abstracts will be accepted in a structured format for poster presentation or limited podium research presentation slots. During the submission process you will be asked to submit a single-spaced abstract of not more than 350 words using 12 pt. Times New Roman Font and the following headings; Purpose/Aim, Research Questions and/or Hypotheses, Significance/Background (conceptual framework if applicable), Methods (e.g. design, sampling, procedures, instruments, limitations), Findings (presentations of work in progress may use N/A for Findings), Discussion (conclusions and implications for practice, research, and/or education). Research presentation of work in progress will be accepted, however for forum presentations findings must be presented at the time of the annual meeting. Research podium presenters will have the option of having their abstract published in the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health. DOR and DGH poster and podium presentations are judged events. Awards are given to the best podium, poster and student presentation of research. No honoraria are provided for DOR or DGH research podium or poster presentations.


Education Sessions

  • The primary presenter is responsible for their own travel & all expenses related to presentation.
  • The primary presenter is eligible for one complimentary room night and tax at contracted hotel.
  • If an upgrade is requested by the presenter, it is the presenters’ responsibility to pay the difference for the upgrade. This is only provided to the primary presenter unless otherwise pre-approved and authorized by the ACNM in advance.
  • The primary presenter is expected to use one of the ACNM contracted hotels. If the presenter declines, the expense is the sole responsibility of the Primary Presenter.



  • The Primary presenter is responsible for their own travel & all expenses related to presentation.
  • For half day (4 hour) workshop, Primary presenter is eligible for one complimentary room night and tax at contracted hotel and $150 honorarium payment.
  • For full day workshop, (8 hour) Primary presenter is eligible for two complimentary room nights and tax at contracted hotel and $300 honorarium payment. If an upgrade is requested by the Primary presenter, it is the Primary presenters’ responsibility to pay the difference for the upgrade. This is only provided to the primary presenter unless otherwise preapproval has been authorized by ACNM.
  • ACNM does not provide any form of honoraria for forums, posters, Fast Track and Special Interest Sessions.


Thank you for your interest in submitting your abstract for consideration at the ACNM Annual Meeting and Exhibition. If you have any questions, please email