Annual Virtual Conference to celebrate International Day of the Midwife 2nd May

Virtual International Day of the Midwife Conference POSTER 2015

Virtual International Day of the Midwife Conference POSTER 2015

The Virtual International Day of the Midwife (VIDM) celebrates the International Day of the Midwife by bringing midwives, students, consumers and all parties interested in childbirth from across the globe together using online electronic media. A 24 hour conference is held each year covering a wide range of topics with speakers from all over the world.

The programme is now confirmed and looks really awesome! There are so many innovative projects and events going on around the world in midwifery, this will be a great way to catch up with some of them from the comfort of home!!! – The speakers are truly global this year.

I will be one of the speakers presenting my PhD research project from the UK at 10:00 (British time) BST Saturday, 2 May 2015. I am hoping that many of you will tune in to the conference when you can. I would love to share my projects with you all!!


Click here for instructions on how to join the webinar – I will be presenting at 10am UK Time (GMT).

My Abstract: This presentation will discuss a PhD project aiming to explore the value of online interventions in supporting midwives in work-related psychological distress.

Much emphasis is placed upon providing support for patients who are part of traumatic incidents, yet limited attention has been paid to the ‘second victim’, i.e. the midwives involved, who may also experience mental and emotional distress (Wu, 2000). The prevalence of these second victims has been seen to rise up to 43.3% as practitioner’s soldier on, often in silence (Wolf et al, 2000). Those affected can develop symptoms as severe as those in post-traumatic stress disorder (Rassin et al, 2005).

This presentation will educate its audience upon the psychiatric and physical morbidities associated with traumatic midwifery work, the epidemiology and etiology of ‘the second victim’ and the consequences of this under reported issue for midwifery practice. It will also offer solutions for supporting midwives in distress.

Rassin M, Kanti T, Silner D. Chronology of medication errors by nurses: accumulation of stresses and PTSD symptoms. Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2005;26:873-886.

Wu AW (2000) Medical error: the second victim. The doctor who makes the mistake needs help too. BMJ. Vol. 320 Pp.726–7.

Wolf, Z. R., Serembus, J. F., Smetzer, J., Cohen, H., & Cohen, M. (2000) Responses and concerns of healthcare providers to medication errors. Clinical Nurse Specialist. 14, 278–287.


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