by Melissa Garvey, ACNM Writer and Editor
If you love your profession or your midwife, 24-hours worth of opportunities to celebrate are coming up. Wednesday, May 5, is International Day of the Midwife—a fabulous opportunity to celebrate midwifery and raise awareness of the importance of their work. Thanks to innovators like midwife Sarah Stewart, midwives and their supporters around the world are preparing to party all day long via a 24-hour virtual celebration. Here’s a sampling of what’s on tap from the full schedule of IDM2010 events.
Global Midwives and Mothers Photography Contest
Tonight 8pm EST, via Flickr
Maternova is hosting a “Global Midwives and Mothers” photography contest ending at midnight GMT. Post your photos of midwives and mothers from around the world in this Flickr account. If you'd prefer not to join Flickr, send the photos to them directly with country, photographer, and a few lines of text.
The Feminist Breeder Radiopodcast
May 5, 1pm EST, via Blog Talk Radio
Join The Feminist Breeder for an IDM celebratory broadcast, featuring Science and Sensibility’s Amy Romano, Mayo Clinic’s Mary Murry, and RHRealityCheck’s Amie Newman. Join the radio podcast here. Register to see all three bloggers in Washington, DC, June 14 at 2:15 pm here.
May 5, 1pm EST, via Twitter
Join Tania Jones to talk about midwifery on Twitter. To participate in the conversation, include the tag #IDM2010 in your tweets (aka messages). New to Twitter? Watch this how-to video to get started.
Project Presentations from the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing (FSMFN)
May 5, 4pm EST, via Elluminate
Join an FSMFN student and the Midwifery Department chair in the Elluminate meeting room for two unique project presentations. Explore “Teaching Holistic Pain Control in Pregnancy” and “Why Applicants Choose Nurse-Midwifery as a Career.”
Drop-in Session for Student Midwives
May 5, 6pm EST, via Elluminate
Also in the Elluminate meeting room, come and meet other student midwives from around the world and be an active part of a new generation of midwives.
Midwifery in North Carolina and the USA
May 5, 7pm EST, via Second Life
Learn about midwifery in North Carolina and the USA with Monica Newby, CNM, in Second Life. New to Second Life? Learn more about this virtual world and its relevance to midwifery here.