Call For Abstracts | ACNM 66th Annual Meeting & Exhibition

Call For Abstracts

The 2021 Call for Abstracts closed in September 2020. Please see below for presentation guidelines.


  • Racism and health disparities
  • Primary care
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Global health
  • Midwifery, nursing, and medical education 
  • The business of midwifery
  • Policy that expands current knowledge or introduces novel approaches to care


  • The Division of Research (DOR) and Division of Global Engagement (DGE) will blind peer review all research abstracts. Please indicate your preference for either a podium or a poster presentation during the submission process.
  • All other (non-research) abstracts will be blind peer-reviewed by the ACNM Program Committee members and Division liaisons.
  • If you are a researcher and would like to present a general session, please submit a general abstract, and select one of the tracks.


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.


Writing Effective Abstracts, from the ACNM Division of Research and Division of Global Engagement, provides concrete suggestions for writing a clear, concise, well-organized, and professional abstract. This 50-minute webinar provides a step-by-step approach to the abstract writing process.

General Sessions

Sessions will fall into one of seven tracks or will be designated as research sessions. Please see the descriptions below.

  • Racism and Health Disparities – These sessions focus on the effects of and the solutions to the issues of racism and prejudice, health inequities, and disparities among people of color, indigenous persons, and LGBTQIA + individuals, among our communities and within the midwifery profession.
  • Clinical – These sessions focus on the latest evidence and cutting-edge topics that influence clinical practice.
  • 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 ways our colleagues are improving access to midwifery care and the quality of maternal and infant health around the world, and provide advice for how to get involved in global midwifery practice.
  • Leadership – These sessions focus on building and enhancing leadership capacity in numerous roles within the health care arena.
  • Midwifery Matters – Business – These sessions focus on skills and information pertinent to operationalizing midwifery practice in a variety of settings.
  • Midwifery Matters – Public Perception – These sessions focus on increasing awareness and the use of midwifery care.

Please indicate your format preference for your presentation. Note that the final selection of session formats is determined by the Program Committee. Please review the options below.

  • Podium 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.
  • Round Table Presentation: A Round Table 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.
Research Sessions

Research Abstract Review Process: Each abstract receives a blinded peer review by DOR and DGE reviewers. The DOR/DGE assigns the session formats (presentation or poster) and presentation times for all research submissions.

After initial notification of abstract acceptance, presenters must confirm their agreement to present at the upcoming ACNM Annual Meeting within two weeks of the acceptance notice.

Research Forum Presentations: Research Forum Presentation slots are limited, and only abstracts with completed original research on a topic specific to midwifery and women’s health will be considered. Research in progress with results expected by the Annual Meeting will be considered for poster presentations. Abstracts submitted for a forum presentation, but not accepted, may be offered a poster presentation opportunity if the poster presentation option is selected. Research forum presentations have up to three presenters with 10-15 minutes for each presenter. Research forum presenters will be offered an opportunity to revise their abstract for publication in the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health. For research abstracts to be eligible for continuing education credit, the primary author must also provide the necessary information, including objectives, a content outline, and current references.

DOR Global Health Forum: This forum combines similar presentations on a Global Health topic during a one-hour time frame. The time is divided between the two presentations with a 10-minute period for questions at the end. These moderated sessions are fast-paced, and presenters should plan to spend their time presenting relevant highlights about their topic. A moderator will be assigned to each shared session to ensure each presentation starts and ends on time. For the question period, the audience will be asked to submit questions in writing to increase the likelihood that all members in attendance will have equal opportunity to have their questions answered.

Research Poster Presentations: Completed research or research in progress may be submitted for consideration as a poster presentation. All posters must fit within a 4x8ft freestanding poster board and hang using push pins. Presenters are expected to be available to discuss their posters with Annual Meeting participants during a designated session of the meeting.

Note: Student midwives are invited to submit abstracts for research forums or poster presentations. Student abstracts will receive the same blind peer review as all other research abstracts.

Requirements for Research Forums and Posters

During the submission process, you will be asked to submit a single-spaced abstract of no more than 350 words using 12 pt Times New Roman font, structured with the following headings:

  • Purpose/Aim
  • Research Questions or Hypotheses
  • Significance/Background (including a conceptual framework if applicable)
  • Methods (e.g., design, sampling, procedures, instruments, limitations)
  • Findings (posters of work in progress may use N/A for Findings)
  • Discussion (conclusions and implications for practice, research, and education)

Questions can be directed to the following contact persons:

For DOR abstracts: Gwen Latendresse, PhD, CNM, FACNM:

For DGE abstracts: Nicole Warren, PhD, MPH, CNM:

Research Forums and Poster Presentations at the ACNM Annual Meeting are competitive refereed events. Three awards are given for research presented:

  • Best Forum Presentation of Research (general research)
  • Best Forum Presentation of Global Health/Refugee Research
  • Best Poster Presentation of Research
Continuing Education Requirements

The following content is required to award continuing education credits for Workshops, General Sessions and Research Sessions.

  • Behavioral Objectives: Clearly describe what the participant will learn from attending this session. Each objective must be stated in terms of learner outcome, for example, “At the end of the session the participant will demonstrate the following knowledge and/or skills…”
    • 8-hour workshop: Minimum of six objectives required
    • 4-hour workshop: Minimum of six objectives required
    • Podium or Panel Presentation (1-hour session): Minimum of three objectives required
    • Round Table Presentation (30-minute session): Minimum of three objectives required
  • Content Outline: Address the topic and all the objectives. A 5-10 minute question and answer period should be included. On the outline, indicate the time that will be allotted for each section.
    • References: References published within the past five years from peer-reviewed, refereed journals, or texts are required with the abstract submission. Additional references may include those not meeting the five-year criteria and/or from respected professional sources not peer-reviewed. Noted classics will be accepted. Articles published by the presenter may be included. References must be cited in APA or AMA format.
      • Eight-hour workshop: a minimum of 12 references (at least eight of which have been published within the last five years in a peer-reviewed journal).
      • Four-hour workshop: a minimum of 10 references (at least seven of which have been published within the last five years in a peer-reviewed journal).
      • Podium or Panel Presentation (one-hour session): a minimum of six references (at least four of which have been published within the last five years in a peer-reviewed journal).
      • Round Table Presentation (30-minute session): a minimum of six references (at least four of which have been published within the last five years in a peer-reviewed journal).
  • Determining the Number of CEs to be Awarded: Abstracts submitted for CE review should include the number of CEs requested. To calculate the number of CEs see below.
    • Total CE hours are assigned in 30-minute increments
      • 50 minutes = 1 CE
    • Pharmacology CE (RxCEs) hours are assigned in 15-minute increments
      • 15-29 minutes = 0.25 RxCE

To be eligible for CE credit, the content of all the abstracts needs to extend beyond the ACNM Core Competencies or demonstrate novel research, clinical, education, or practice approaches. Appropriate documentation of references is essential.

Language Guidelines

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:

Abstract presenters should also become familiar with:

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.
Additional Information
  • 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.

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.
General Sessions
  • 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.

Other Presenters
  • 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.

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