About IDM 2021

The Saudi Midwifery Group (SMG) is honoured to celebrate this year’s International Day of the Midwife (IDM) on 29th May 2021 under the theme of “Follow the Data: Invest in Midwives.” We look forward to coming together as a global midwife community to advocate for investment in quality midwifery care around the world, improving sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health in the process.

As we celebrate IDM in 2021, we would like to call on midwives, nurses, obstetricians, paediatricians, women, partners, midwifery and nursing students and midwifery advocates globally to hold governments, decision-makers, and policymakers accountable for investing in midwives.

Make your professional life and career count. Attend, network, exchange expertise, learn and ensure the midwifery voice is heard. Arm yourself with the latest information and research and ensure your professional practice is at the forefront of maternity care.

Dr. Nawal Abdulghani
Chairperson & Head of Scientific Committee
Saudi Midwifery Group


International Day of The Midwife 29th May 2021 Saturday

KSA Time Topics Speakers
10:00-10:10 Opening Remarks Prof. Hassan Abduljabbar
10:10-10:25 Welcome and Introduction Follow the data: Invest in midwives Dr. Nawal Abdulghani
Midwifery in Saudi Arabia (past, present and future)
10:25-10:50 Midwifery scope of practice Mrs. Samia Alzahrani
10:50-11:15 Updates on Midwifery in Saudi Arabia Dr. Roa Altaweli
11:15-11:40 Can midwives really make a difference? Dr. Wadad Alanazi
Midwives in Health Care Providers’ Eyes
11:40-11:45 Recorded video of health care providers perceptions toward midwifery care Mrs. Fatimaezzahra Alhayat
11:45-12:10 How can we collaborate to provide optimal care for mothers and infants? Dr. Abdulkarim Krimly & Mrs Fatimaezzahra Alhayat
12:10-12:40 Break
Midwives in Women’s Eyes
12:40-12:45 Recorded video of women’s experiences of midwifery care Mrs. Saneela Latif Raja
12:45-13:10 How could midwives advocate for woman rights? Dr. Nasreen Abdumannan
13:35-14:00 How do Saudi women feel about respectful maternity care? Dr. Reem Alghamdi
14:00-14:25 J&J Academic Plus Video Dr. Shaikh Sabih
Midwifery Student’s Experiences and Challenges
14:25-14:30 Recorded video midwifery students’ experiences and challenges Ms. Zouhur Alsomali
14:30-14:55 My journey from a student to a midwife Ms. Zouhur Alsomali
14:55-15:20 Midwifery education in Saudi Arabia: Opportunities and challenges Dr. Abeer Orabi
15:20-15:25 Video I Am A Midwife
15:25-15:30 Students and Midwives Awards
15:30-17:00 Facilitating and implementing antenatal group care workshop.
Limited Seats Only (14 Midwives will be selected)
Mrs. Anne Bedaux
Ms. Marlies Rijnders
Closing and remarks


Dr. Roa Altaweli
Chairperson of the Saudi Midwifery Group
Consultant Midwife and the Director of Midwifery Department, General Department of Nursing and Midwifery Affairs, Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Nawal Abdulghani
Conference Chairperson, Head of Scientific Committee at the Saudi Midwifery Group and an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Nursing, Umm Al-Qura University, KSA

Dr. Abeer Orabi
Assistant Professor, Coordinator of Master of Sciences in Nurse-Midwifery Program, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, KSA

Dr. Nasreen Abdulmannan
Assistant Professor of women’s health and Midwifery at King Saud Bin Abdul-AzizUniversity for health sciences, KSA

Ms. Samia Alzahrani
Vice Chairperson of the Saudi Midwifery Group, Senior Specialist Midwifery MSc in Midwifery from King Saud University, KSA

Mrs. Fatimaezzahra Alhayat
International Relations Coordinator of the Saudi Midwifery Group, KSA

Ms. Zohour Al somali
Senior specialist midwife and Jeddah Midwifery regional coordinator at ministry of health, KSA

Dr. Reem Al Ghamdi
Teaching Assistant at King Saud University, KSA

Ms. Houda Hamami
Secretory General at the Saudi Midwifery Group, KSA

Dr. Abdulkarim Krimly
Senior Consultant OBGYN
Avenue Medical Center, Riyadh, KSA

Prof. Hassan Abduljabbar
Saudi Obstetric & Gynecological Society, KSA

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