Frequently Asked Questions

When will the virtual Annual Meeting take place?
We are planning to present a virtual meeting that delivers the latest midwifery and women’s health educational content. The virtual meeting will take place during the dates of the originally-scheduled in-person meeting, May 29 – June 2, 2020.

How will the sessions be presented?
Sessions would be presented through a virtual, interactive meeting management system and delivered to attendees via live stream and webinar sessions. More details and a demo of the planned virtual meeting experience will be available to attendees in the coming weeks.

What happens to my registration fee?
As we plan for the new virtual meeting, we will be formulating new reduced registration fees and reopen registration soon. Registrants will have the ability to apply their current registration fees to the virtual annual meeting. With the reduced amount, a credit will be refunded to your account. You may also opt to apply credits as a donation to the ACNM Foundation. An email will be sent to all registrants in the coming days with more information to help attendees decide their plans.

How do I register for the virtual meeting?
We are planning to send an email to attendees in the coming days with more information on how to register for the virtual meeting.

What if I have to or decide to cancel my registration?
If you decide to cancel your registration, please contact ACNM’s registration provider, ATS at All processing fees will be waived.

How can I cancel my hotel room reservation?
If you made your hotel reservation with Orchid Events, your reservation will be cancelled automatically within the next 24 hours and you will receive notification of the cancellation. No fees will be charged regarding your hotel cancellation. No action is required on your part. If you have already sent us an e-mail regarding the need to cancel your hotel reservation, the auto cancellation will take care of your request.

Are you refunding flights?
Participants are responsible for cancelling their airline tickets. Each airline has its own policies regarding refunds and vouchers for future travel. You will need to work with the airline carrier directly to determine if you qualify.

How does this change affect speakers?
Approved speakers will still present at the virtual meeting. Speakers will receive specific guidance on virtual session planning under separate cover. If you have immediate questions, please contact Events at

How does this change affect the poster session? 
Posters will still be presented at the virtual Annual Meeting. Poster presenters will receive specific guidance on virtual session planning under separate cover. If you have immediate questions, please contact Events at

How does this change affect exhibitors?
Exhibitors, vendors, and similar audiences will be able to participate in virtual exhibitor and vendor activities associated with the virtual meeting. These groups will receive communications under separate cover. If you have immediate questions, please contact Mark Harvey at

Will the annual meeting confidentiality policy stay in place now that the in-person meeting is cancelled?
ACNM’s prior policies will remain in effect since abstracts will still be presented.

Whom should I contact if I have questions? 
For annual meeting related questions, please contact For membership questions, please contact

Please CLICK HERE to review our official attendee policies.

What does the registration fee include?

  • All education sessions
  • Poster presentations
  • Opportunity to earn Contact Hours from Education Sessions, Posters, Premier and Plenary sessions
  • ACNM Conference tote
  • Ability to connect with exhibitors and sponsors virtually
  • Midwifery Awards Celebration

Continuing Education

How many Contact Hours can I earn? You can earn up to 30 Contact Hours from Education Sessions, Plenary Sessions, Round Tables and Forums. Additional CE can be earned by attending Workshops. Please view our Continuing Education page for more information.

How do I claim my continuing education credits? Click here for detailed instructions.


How do I submit an abstract? The 2020 Call for Abstracts is now closed.

What are the session tracks and types?

Track Guide

  • Clinical: Clinical sessions focus on the latest evidence and cutting-edge topics that influence clinical practice.
  • Education: Education sessions focus on issues of importance to increasing the number of midwives and the availability of excellent midwifery education.
  • Global Midwifery: Global Midwifery sessions focus on ways our colleagues are improving access to the midwifery care around the world, and the quality of maternal and infant care, as well as how to get involved in global midwifery practice.
  • Leadership: Leadership 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 provide knowledge about how to influence stakeholders and the public to increase awareness and uptake of midwifery care.
  • Miscellaneous: These sessions cover an array of ideas and subjects related to midwifery and women’s health.
  • Racism and Health Disparities: These sessions offer focused content about the effects of racism, health inequities, and disparities among people of color, women, families, and our profession, and what is being done to address issues.

Session Types

  • Education Sessions: These 60-minute presentations are delivered in a traditional lecture format by speakers on a broad range of topics and offer new perspectives, research developments, or current or emerging knowledge. Sessions marked with will be recorded.
  • Fast Track: Two session presentations focused on similar subject matter presented during a 60-minute session. Fast track sessions include a 10-minute Q&A period.
  • Round Table: An open forum discussion among a small group of attendees (up to 9) at a table where the speaker will present twice in one hour for 30 minutes per session.
  • Panel Discussion: A 60-minute session during which a group of presenters gather to discuss a topic in front of an audience. The conversation provides a variety of perspectives and may be facilitated by a moderator. A Q&A period follows.
  • Workshop: Half- or full-day training session focused on specific topics and led by an expert or experts in the field. Subject matter may be delivered at a basic, intermediate or advanced level depending on the workshop focus.
  • Poster Presentation: Presentation of a poster on a variety of topics of interest to midwifery. Some posters are designated as Research Posters by the Division of Research. Poster presentations are informal, interactive, and designed to engage colleagues in dialogue.
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