Special Events

Don’t miss these must-attend special events at the 65th ACNM Annual Meeting & Exhibition! A variety of events are included with registration along with ticketed events that you can add on when registering.

Non-Ticketed Events (Included w/ Registration)

Date & TimeEvent
Friday, May 29, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Future Midwives Gathering
This event brings students together with ACNM board members, staff, and other volunteer leaders to learn about roles within ACNM, current projects, and other initiatives in a relaxed, social atmosphere. Enjoy some refreshments while getting to know key leaders of your profession.
Friday, May 29, 5:30 PM –7:30 PM Evening at the Movies/Extended Session
Expecting Sunshine: A Journey of Grief, Healing, and Pregnancy After Loss, the Documentary Film, and Q&A with Filmmaker Alexis Marie Chute
Education – 2 CEUs

Join us for a screening of Expecting Sunshine: A Journey of Grief, Healing, and Pregnancy After Loss, the award-winning documentary film based on the best-selling memoir by author/filmmaker Alexis Marie Chute. By producing this film, Chute seeks to break the taboo around pregnancy loss. The film brings viewers along on real-life medical appointments, introduces them to other bereaved parents and medical professionals through thought-provoking interviews, right through to the delivery room where Chute welcomes her “rainbow baby,” her child born after the death of her son Zachary.
Friday, May 29, 9:00 PM –11:00 PM Heart of Midwifery25th Anniversary Celebration
Heart of Midwifery is a gathering of midwives who share testimonials from our profession with the purpose of renewing our calling and reminding ourselves of why we do this work as midwives. The event features inspirational readings, storing telling, dancing, and singing.
Saturday, May 30, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Heart of Midwifery: Students Welcome Circle
Heart of Midwifery: Students Welcome Circle is an opportunity for the community of established midwives to welcome our new midwives to the circle of our profession.  This event has invited storytellers, a hand-washing ceremony followed by a blessing of the hands, and singing.
Saturday, May 30, 2:00 PM – 3:45 PM Fellowship Induction & Opening Keynote Address
The Fellowship Induction is a special honor that distinguishes members for their outstanding leadership and achievements. Following the induction, the Opening Keynote Address will feature speaker Charles Johnson, who has suffered an unimaginable tragedy that strikes too many families – and has made it his life’s mission to save others from the same fate.
Saturday, May 30, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Exhibit Hall Grand Opening
Visit the Exhibit Hall to learn more about the top products and services in women’s health and maternity care. We encourage you to make the most of your time by meeting the participating organizations and companies that support ACNM’s meeting.
Saturday, May 30, 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM Sister Circle
The Sister Circle is an event for students and midwives who identify themselves as being of color. It is here, we celebrate the sisterhood of strength.
Sunday, May 31, 7:15 AM – 8:15 AM Breakfast Symposium Sponsored by Myriad
Saving Women’s Lives Through Genetics: The role of hereditary cancer screening and testing in midwifery practice. This session focuses on the science that changed the standard of care and the steps to efficiently and effectively incorporate genetic screening, counseling and testing in a midwifery practice setting. There is a critical unmet challenge to identify and diagnose patients who have an increased risk of genetic cancer. A group of 17 providers representing obstetrics and gynecology, midwifery, physician assistants and nurse practitioners from Syracuse, NY, and two obstetricians and gynecologists from Connecticut have proven that clinicians from multiple backgrounds can be trained to efficiently screen, counsel, and genetically test patients at risk for inheritable cancers.
Sunday, May 31, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM Opening Business Meeting
The ACNM business meetings are an excellent opportunity to see how ACNM works, learn about current issues affecting midwifery, and help shape the future initiatives and the priorities of your professional organization. Business meetings are open to all members, although voting privileges are not extended to associate members or students. All members are permitted to voice their opinion in accordance with the business meeting procedures. Your presence and opinions are highly valued, and we strongly encourage your participation!
Sunday, May 31, 11:15 AM – 12:45 PM Poster Session I
Posters offer the opportunity for individual presenters to present data and have substantive discussions with interested colleagues. Attendees can circulate among the posters, stopping to discuss work/research of interest to them. Speakers present their work/research using a visual medium with key information displayed on free-standing bulletin boards. 
Sunday, May 31, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Plenary Addresses: Aiyana Davison and Angela L. Carr
Aiyana Davison is a Certified Nurse-Midwife and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner-BC. Aiyana sheds light on the crisis that black women (people) face in this country, how to provide safe, quality care for all individuals and families, and to how to preserve the legacy of black midwives and birth work.
Angela L. Carr is an experienced trial attorney and civil litigator, focusing her practice on professional liability defense, general liability, and health care law. She regularly provides risk consulting for hospitals and practice groups.
Sunday, May 31, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM Exhibit Hall and Midwifery Market
Visit the Exhibit Hall to learn more about the top products and services in women’s health and maternity care. Stop by the Midwifery Market to get personal midwifery items such as jewelry, art, and clothing.
Monday, June 1, 9:45 – 10:45 AM Premier Dondero Plenary
Julia Seng is a professor of Nursing, Obstetrics, and Women’s Studies and a researcher at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at the University of Michigan. Her program of research focuses on how childhood maltreatment trauma and its mental health sequelae affect childbearing and women’s health across the lifespan.
Monday, June 1, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM Exhibit Hall and Midwifery Market
Visit the Exhibit Hall to learn more about the top products and services in women’s health and maternity care. Stop by the Midwifery Market to get your personal midwifery items such as jewelry, art, and clothing.
Monday, June 1, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM Poster Session II
Posters offer the opportunity for individual presenters to present data and have substantive discussions with interested colleagues. Attendees can circulate among the posters, stopping to discuss work/research of interest to them. Speakers present their work/research using a visual medium with key information displayed on free-standing bulletin boards.
Monday, June 1, 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM 2020 Year of the Nurse and the Midwife Awards & Celebration Extravaganza
Come celebrate the achievements of certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives and their important role in clinical excellence, education, research, and advocacy.
Included with registration for all Annual Meeting attendees this year, the Awards Reception & Ceremony will feature the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife Celebration Extravaganza!
Tuesday, June 2, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM Closing Business Meeting
The ACNM business meetings are an excellent opportunity to see how ACNM works, learn about current issues affecting midwifery, and help shape the future initiatives and the priorities of your professional organization. Business meetings are open to all members, although voting privileges are not extended to associate members or students. All members are permitted to voice their opinion in accordance with the business meeting procedures. Your presence and opinions are highly valued, and we strongly encourage your participation!
Tuesday, June 2, 12:15 PM – 1:30 PM Closing Plenary Address
Renée Peterson Trudeau is an internationally-recognized transformational coach, speaker and author. Learn how engaging the power of self-renewal, building a support network, and managing your energy can increase your ability to be more creative, resilient, and enjoy all areas of your life.

Ticketed Events (add on with registration)

Date & TimeEvent
Friday, May 29, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Midwives of Color Annual Fundraising & Social
This is the primary fundraising activity to endow three Midwives of Color-Watson Basic Scholarships and one Carrington-Hsia-Nieves Doctoral Scholarship for Graduate Education. The event is also an opportunity to celebrate the work of the ACNM midwives of color. Everyone who is supportive of MOCC’S goals and mission is welcome.
Saturday, May 30, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM Division of Global Engagement Reception
Division of Global Engagement (DGE) Global Health Reception & Silent Auction is a fundraiser event. Join the DGE for a fun evening of sharing global experience, a silent auction, and learning about global opportunities for midwives.
Monday, June 1, 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM Midwifery Business Network (MBN) Reception
Midwifery Business Network (MBN) Reception is a fundraiser event. This reception provides time to meet, network, and share the needs of the midwifery business community within ACNM.
Monday, June 1, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM Midwives-PAC Rally (ACNM members only)
Midwives-PAC Rally is a fundraiser event. Contributions create a relationship between legislators and midwives, so that they see us as a resource when issues of women’s health come up before the Congress.