Call for Abstracts

ICM envisions a world where every childbearing woman has access to a midwife’s care for herself and her newborn.

As we enter a new triennium in which our Member Associations have prioritised the key strategic directions of Quality, Equity and Leadership, ICM will harness the energy, enthusiasm and insights of midwives and our stakeholders around the world so that we can lead the call of midwives and women at global, regional and local levels for strengthened midwifery services. Women and their families have a fundamental human right of access to midwives as the health professionals most equipped to support them with respectful, individualised and high-quality care throughout the childbirth continuum.

Midwives, too, have the right to be recognised, respected and supported as well-educated, regulated and autonomous health professionals to provide this essential care. It is our aspiration to work more closely with governments to ensure these rights are fulfilled. Investment in midwives is essential to ensure high-quality midwifery care is available to all women and their newborns – not only to reduce unnecessary interventions and preventable maternal and neonatal deaths, but to improve and protect their health outcomes on a global scale and achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. (ICM Strategic Directions 2017-2020)

The ICM Combined regional conference for Eastern Mediterranean, Southeast Asia and Western Pacific regions will be held in Dubai, UAE from 6 to 8 September, 2018. The conference theme is “Midwives leading the way for quality and equity” aligning the discussion at this conference with the broader ICM directions for 2017-2020.

English will be the main language of this conference. Interpretation services may be available for the keynote/plenary sessions. The concurrent sessions will be organised by topics depending on which abstracts are accepted by the Programme Committee.

We invite interested speakers to submit an abstract.


1. Quality

  • Respectful Maternity Care 
  • Regulation of the Professional Practice of Midwives 
  • Enabling Safe Working Environment 
  • Strengthening Midwifery Education 
  • Keeping Birth Normal 

2. Equity

  • Professional Midwifery Education
  • Midwifery Regulation and Scope of Practice
  • Access to Midwife-Led Services for Women
  • Strengthening Midwifery
  • Midwives as Autonomous Professionals
  • Sexual and Reproductive Rights for Women

3. Leadership

  • Professional Identity
  • Advocacy for Midwives 
  • Attracting and Retaining Midwives
  • Policy, Politics and Leadership in Midwifery 
  • Strengthening Midwives Associations 
  • Unification of Midwives’ Voices 
  • Women-Centered Maternity Services 

Three Modes of Presentation

1. Oral Presentation During a Concurrent Session

If your abstract is accepted as an oral presentation, you will have a maximum of 20 minutes to present including 5 min for discussion and questions. The topic can be about research you are undertaking or a practice issue you wish to share. The word limit for abstracts is 300 words. The presentation needs to be relevant to the conference theme and meet the criteria outlined below.

2. Poster Presentation

If your abstract is accepted as a poster, you will be required to produce a poster, which is a visual display of interactive and communicative medium, relevant to the topic of the conference theme. It can be about research or practice. The word limit for poster abstracts is 300 words.

3. Skills workshops

Skills workshops are interactive sessions of no more than 50 participants highlighting a clinical skill, new technology, active learning technique, self-help approach or programme approach. Skills workshops will be no longer than 45 minutes. Sessions should be facilitated by two or more presenters to enable active engagement of participants where demonstration is preferred to slide presentation and discussion. The individual wishing to lead a skills demonstration session should submit an abstract of no more than 300 words which makes clear the learning outcomes, the process/activity, including a description of how the audience will participate in the session, supporting evidence and the name of sponsors if relevant. The abstract should include any specific requirements for interaction that will have an effect on the room layout and the numbers of participants who can be accommodated. I.e equipment, and room/desk set up and an indication of the maximum numbers of participants (to a maximum of 50)

To submit your abstract, go to our Abstract submission portal.

Conditions of Submission

  • Late submissions will not be accepted.
  • A condition of acceptance is that at least one author presents at the conference
  • Presenters must register to attend for at least a day of the conference. They are responsible for their own travel, accommodations and registration expenses.
  • Abstracts can be submitted in English only.
  • Only one abstract per presenter can be submitted. Only one abstract per research study can be submitted.
  • Each presenter is allocated a maximum of 20 minutes including 5 minutes for discussion (with the exception of skills workshops where 45 minutes will be allocated)
  • The word limit for abstracts is 300 words. Please use the following mandatory structure:
    Background, Objectives, Methods (Include Research Design/Setting/Participants/Ethical Clearance If Relevant) Analysis, Finding, Conclusion, Implications For Practice
  • Please make sure you submit the abstract using the following mandatory structure:
    • Background
    • Objectives
    • Methods (Include Research Design/Setting/Participants/Ethical Clearance If Relevant) 
    • Analysis
    • Findings
    • Conclusion
    • Implications For Practice

All abstracts are subject to review by the ICM Programme Committee. In evaluating the abstract, the reviewers will be mindful of the following criteria:

  • Abstracts are in plain language, free of specialist jargon, unless it is clearly appropriate.
  • Innovation and originality or application of existing ideas in ways that provide new insights and progress the field.
  • Usefulness to a significant audience of practitioners.
  • Topics related to the conference theme, “Midwives leading the way for quality and equity”. Presentations can focus on one aspect of the theme, eg. Quality, Equity, Leadership
  • All research presentations must be on completed research project. You will need to present the outcomes, findings and application to midwifery practice. If your research is still in progress you will need to be sure that you are able to present findings and how these are relevant to practice. Abstracts that focus only on methodology will not be accepted.

Each abstract submitter must confirm that:

  • The abstract is their own work
  • Ethical approval was obtained for any presentations of research (explanation required if no ethical approval was obtained
  • Identify if the research has been published or presented elsewhere
  • Disclose any external funding sources.

If you have any difficulties submitting your abstracts, then please contact the Conference Organizer on +420 261 174 312 or email your submission to


Abstract submission system open 27 March 2018
Abstract submission deadline 31 May 2018
Abstract selection by reviewers Mid May – 25 June 2018
Abstract results announcement (email notification) 12 July 2018
Deadline to confirm presentation, presenter name and register 25 July 2018
- Deadline for authors registration 31 July 2018



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