The call for general abstracts is now closed.
The Division of Research Abstract Submission process will open on October 7th and close November 7th.
Abstracts are invited that demonstrate a link to the theme “Reimagine and Rebuild – Midwifery Insights for the Future of Healthcare.” We welcome submissions that describe innovative approaches to clinical, professional, business, leadership, and education issues in midwifery.
Topics for Submission
- Evidence-based practice
- Prenatal, Intrapartum, Postpartum, GYN, Newborn, and Primary care
- Factors impacting the social determinants of health
- Global health
- Midwifery, nursing, medical education
- The business of midwifery
Sessions will fall into one of seven tracks or will be designated as research sessions. Please see the descriptions below.
- Clinical – These sessions focus on the latest evidence and cutting-edge topics that influence clinical
- Racism and Health Disparities – These sessions focus on the effects of and the solutions to the issues of racism and prejudice, health inequities, social determinants of health, and disparities among people of color, indigenous persons, and LGBTQIA + individuals.
- Academic Education – These sessions focus on informing educators on issues related to increasing the number of midwives and the availability of excellent midwifery education.
- Global Midwifery – These sessions focus on improving access to midwifery care around the world, the quality of maternal and infant health, and becoming involved in global midwifery practice.
- Midwifery Matters – Business, Leadership, & Public Perception – These sessions focus on skills and information pertinent to operationalizing midwifery practice, building and enhancing leadership capacity, and increasing awareness and use of midwifery care.
Sessions will fall into one of five tracks or will be designated as research sessions. Please see the descriptions below
- Education Presentation: A Podium Presentation is a one-hour session that discusses a single topic. This session typically has one or two presenters.
- Panel Presentation: A Panel Presentation may include up to five panelists who will jointly present on a related topic during a one-hour session.
- Roundtable Presentation: A Roundtable is a 30-minute presentation with a limited number of attendees. Round Table Sessions allow colleagues with similar interests to receive and exchange targeted information. These sessions can be useful for brainstorming about projects and other initiatives.
- Workshop: A Workshop is a paid half-day (four hours) or whole-day (eight hours) session that is usually interactive with the participants.
- General Poster: General Posters may describe a clinical project or elements of clinical practice that expand on current knowledge or introduce novel approaches to care.
Language in all abstracts and outlines referring to midwives or midwifery care should be inclusive of certified midwives (CMs.) Therefore, all abstracts about midwifery should include, in the title and content, the words midwife and midwifery rather than nurse-midwife or nurse-midwifery. Unless the abstract is specifically about CNMs, the use of CNM should always be accompanied by CM (i.e., CNM/CM). Click here for information about CMs.
The Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health recently published two editorials about best practices in the selection of language used in midwifery- related publications. The Program Committee requests abstract submitters review these sources and consider these recommendations:
- Midwifery is Not Obstetrics: The Importance of Precise Maternity Care Language
- Intentional Inconsistency as Gender-Neutral Language Evolves
Abstract presenters should also become familiar with:
- Definitions and resources regarding inclusive, non-discriminatory language. Refer to ACNM’s Issue Brief on Use of Culturally-Appropriate Terminology for Gender Diverse Populations.
- ACNM’s commitment to eliminating racism and racial bias in the midwifery profession and race-based disparities in reproductive health care. Refer to the Racism and Racial Bias Position Statement.
- ACNM’s zero-tolerance policy toward bullying of midwives, other healthcare professionals, or patients. Bullying is deliberate aggressive behavior done to harm, intimidate, or coerce another person, and is not consistent with ACNM values as stated in our Code of Ethics. Incivility refers to rude and discourteous conduct. Refer to the Bullying and Incivility in Midwifery Position Statement.
- ACNM’s commitment to maintaining professional environments and interactions in which people are treated with dignity, decency, and respect — environments characterized by mutual trust and the absence of intimidation, oppression, and exploitation. This policy provides guidance to ensure respectful, professional, and productive interactions during ACNM proceedings. Refer to ACNM’s Anti-Discrimination and Harassment Policy.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
To align with the ACNM Strategic Plan, all abstracts should include, to the extent possible for each topic, content about racism and health disparities, social determinants of health, health inequities, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Here are some suggestions for how presenters can include this content in their abstracts:
- Define and describe racism and health disparities and contextualize health inequities within the topic.
- 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 from a psycho/social/cultural/political/spiritual perspective.
- Members and Non-Members May Submit – Presenters do not have to be ACNM members to submit an abstract.
- Right to Cancel – ACNM reserves the right to cancel a presentation based on non-adherence to procedures at any point. This includes but is not limited to: failure to return a signed presenter agreement, failure to comply with ACNM Code of Conduct and policies, failure to submit advance materials for review, failure to submit handouts, failure to submit modifications to abstracts if requested by the Program Committee, and failure to notify ACNM of presenter changes.
- Role of Primary Submitting Author/Presenter – 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 communicating any details and updates about the abstract and presentation to the other presenters.
- Non-Commercial Forum – The ACNM Annual Meeting 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.
- Audiovisual equipment– The presenter will be notified upon abstract acceptance.
- COVID-19: ACNM is requiring all attendees including presenters to be fully vaccinated for the 2023 Annual Meeting & Exhibits
- If you wish to present but are not fully vaccinated you may request to present a pre-recorded virtual session (these sessions are very limited)
ACNM provides accommodations only for the primary presenter of workshops as stated below. No honoraria or hotel accommodation is provided to other/secondary presenters.
- The primary workshop presenter is responsible for their own travel and all expenses related to presentation.
- For half-day (four-hour) workshops, the primary workshop presenter is eligible for one complimentary room night, including tax, at a contracted hotel and a $150 honorarium payment.
- For full-day (eight-hour) workshops, the primary workshop presenter is eligible for two complimentary room nights, including tax, at a contracted hotel and a $300 honorarium payment. If an upgrade is requested by the primary workshop presenter, it is the presenter’s responsibility to pay the difference for the upgrade. Any request for an upgrade must be pre-approved and authorized by ACNM in advance.
- The primary presenter is responsible for their own travel and all expenses related to the presentation.
If attending any part of the Annual Meeting, the primary workshop presenter must be registered and is required to pay the Annual Meeting registration fee.
- Session organizers, moderators, and presenters must be registered for the Annual Meeting and are required to pay the registration fee, and are responsible for their own travel, accommodations, and all expenses related to presentation.
*All terms and conditions subject to change.