The mission of the International Confederation of Midwives is “To strengthen member associations and to advance the profession of midwifery globally by promoting autonomous midwives as the most appropriate caregivers for childbearing women and in keeping birth normal, in order to enhance the reproductive health of women, and the health of their newborn and their families”.

Conference Theme

The theme of the 2017 Congress is “Midwives: Making a difference in the world”. Each day of the Congress will also have a sub theme.

These sub-themes are:
  • Midwives: Making a difference through leadership
  • Midwives: Making a difference through partnerships
  • Midwives: Making a difference through professionalism
  • Midwives: Making a difference through supporting women’s and girls’ rights

Submitting an Abstract

Abstract submissions are all on-line, through the abstract portal (see link below). The submission site is now closed. Abstract notification letters will be sent out on 1 July, 2016.

Submission Limit

Any individual may submit a maximum of 3 abstracts, of any type.


All abstracts must be English.


All authors are to be identified as part of the abstract submission. For each author please provide:

  • Given and Family name
  • City and Country
  • Institutional Affiliation (Organization, University, Government Ministry, Company etc.)
  • Email address (if possible)
  • Phone number

There is no limit on the number of authors on an abstract.

Designated Presenter(s) Please identify which of the authors will be presenting the abstract should it be accepted. For Oral and Poster submissions 1 -2 individuals may be designated as a presenter. For Symposia and Skills Workshops the maximum number of presenters is 4. An email address is required for each presenter.


Each abstract submitted will be required to select which sub-theme (see above) most closely matches their abstract.

Presentation Type

There are four presentation types offered: oral, poster, symposium, and skills workshop. Abstract submitters will have to choose which presentation type they wish.

Research vs Sharing Practice

Oral and poster abstracts are further classed as being either primarily research based, or primarily sharing practice based. A research based abstract will be one with a defined research structure, including an objective and methodology, will have collected and analyzed data, and be able to report some finding or conclusion drawn from this data. A sharing practice abstract may be less structured, and is focused on sharing the experiences and practices of midwives, education, regulation and public policy. Oral and poster submitters must indicate if they are submitting a research or sharing practice abstract.

Research abstracts must address

  • The purpose
  • The methods
  • The findings
  • The application to midwifery practice, education or regulation/policy

Sharing Practice abstracts must address

  • The purpose
  • Discussion
  • The application to midwifery practice, education or regulation/policy
  • Evidence if relevant

Oral Presentations

Oral presentations can be on any topic relevant to the congress themes. Those requesting an oral presentation will also be asked if they would be willing to accept a poster presentation should the SPPC not be able to offer them an oral. Oral abstracts should be 300 words or less, not including authors or title.

Poster Presentations

Poster presentations are visual displays of material to be presented and constitute an interactive and communicative medium, usually combining text and graphics information. Posters may be on any topic relevant to the congress themes. Poster abstracts should be 300 words or less not including authors or title.

Symposium Presentations

A symposium is a presentation during which up to four individuals present a cohesive session that may be either research or sharing practice on a common topic. It may be drawn from papers that discuss different aspects of the same research project. The symposium leader acts as a facilitator assisting the audience to appreciate the commonalities and differences between the papers presented.  

The team leader should submit the abstract on behalf of the rest of the group. The abstract should contain an overview or outline of the Symposium, which should address:

  • The purpose of the symposium
  • The common focus
  • The cohesion between sections
  • The application to midwifery practice, education or regulation/policy

The abstract should also contain a description of each individual presentation (maximum of 3) identifying the speaker and the material to be presented. Symposium abstracts should be a maximum of 700 words not including authors or title.

Skills Workshops

Skills workshops are interactive sessions for a group of no more than 50 participants highlighting a clinical skill, new technology, active learning technique, self-help approach or program approach. The abstract must address:

  • The learning outcomes
  • The process/activities
  • Audience participation
  • Evidence if relevant
  • Maximum number of participants, and the target audience
  • Name of any sponsor

Workshop abstracts should contain no more than 400 words, not including authors or title.

Special Topic Session

Oral submissions on the topics below may also be eligible for one of three special topic panel sessions. These special sessions are in addition to the regular oral sessions. The three special topics are:

  • Hypertension in pregnancy: how do midwives make a difference?
  • Making a difference to professionalism: how can practising midwives support midwifery students?
  • Women's rights in maternity services: how do midwives make a difference?

ICM will invite approved abstract submitters on these topics to participate in a plenary panel. Please indicate on your submission form if you would like to be considered for these panels.

Ethics Approval

Research abstract submitters will be asked if they have ethics approval for this research. The choices are Yes, No or Not Applicable. If ethics approval has not been received an explanation is required.

Previously Presented

All abstract submitters will be asked if this material has previously been presented or published. If it has, please provide particulars.

For any problems concerning the online submission, do not hesitate to contact:

ICM 2017 Congress Secretariat
Email: icm2017@scolars.com