Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 Developments

3/23 UPDATE: The ACNM Board and staff leadership team are actively assessing all of the issues surrounding our 65th Annual Meeting. We are in regular discussions with contracted Annual Meeting partners in Austin, Texas to request that the COVID-19 pandemic be taken under serious consideration and to support us in an alternative solution that will safeguard the health and well-being of attendees and minimize the financial impact on the College.

We are looking at all of our options. Therefore, we ask that you (as we are all doing in this fast-changing world) be fluid with us. We will keep you informed, and we will notify the membership of ACNM’s plans for the annual meeting as soon as we know, but at least by the week of April 15. We thank you for your support during this pandemic. Please contact us at with any questions.

3/13 UPDATE: The Annual Meeting is our signature and most memorable event. However, with rising public health concerns, the health and safety of our members, staff, and stakeholders is priority. The COVID-19 outbreak and the increasing number of health advisories and travel restrictions, in particular those being placed on health care providers, cannot be overlooked. The ACNM Board and staff leadership team are reassessing the safety and feasibility of the May 29 – June 2, 2020 Annual Meeting date. Members will be notified of a decision the week of March 23. Please monitor this page for announcements.

Travel & Lodging

ACNM uses Orchid Events to provide a hassle-free booking process for attendees when booking in the official ACNM room block at the JW Marriott Austin, offering discounted hotel rates. To support ACNM, we ask that you only use official ACNM hotels to book your stay for our Annual Meetings. When attendees and exhibitors reserve rooms outside of our hotel blocks or through internet providers including Airbnb, reservations and deposits may not be secure and leave ACNM exposed to penalties for not fulfilling our room block commitments, which will impact future registration fees for the meeting.


I’m in a wheelchair; how will I get around? The hotel has accessible guest rooms with a 32-inch-wide opening. There is onsite accessible self-parking. Route to accessible guest rooms is accessible. Service animals are allowed for persons with disabilities. The property has elevators.

Does the hotel provide handicap accessible features? Yes, the hotel offers select rooms with auxiliary aids and disability-accessible showers.


What is the cancellation policy? All cancellation notices must be submitted to The deadline for refund requests is April 28, 2020. No refunds will be issued after this date. Refunds will be charged a $95 processing fee. Fees paid for optional tickets, guest tickets and workshops are non-refundable. All refunds will be processed 14 days after the completion of the Annual Meeting. In the event of a workshop cancellation, ACNM will reassign attendees to another workshop at an equal value or issue a refund. Please send all requests in writing to

Please CLICK HERE to review our official attendee policies.

I cannot attend; can I send someone else in my place? Yes, registrations are transferable. Please send your request to and allow up to 2 business days for a response.

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
  • Entrance into the Exhibit Hall with over 100 companies
  • Complimentary lunch and receptions in the Exhibit Hall
  • Access to catered sponsored Breakfast Symposia and Product Theater (sign up required)
  • Complimentary coffee service (during select times)
  • Midwifery Awards Celebration Party

Where and when is the 2020 Annual Meeting? The 65th ACNM Annual Meeting will be at the JW Marriott, Austin, Texas, May 29 – June 2, 2020. Click here for future dates.

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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