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
11:40-12:10 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
12:40-13:10 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 Johnson & Johnson Academy plus Dr. Shaikh Sabih
Midwifery Student’s Experiences and Challenges
14:25-14:55 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)
Watch a video where Sharon Rising, the founder of Centering based group care explains what antenatal group care entails.
Internationally support with implementation and training is provided by Group Care Global.
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, Saudi Arabia.

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

Dr. Nasreen Abdulmannan
Assistant Professor of Women’s Health and Midwifery at King Saud Bin Abdul-Aziz University for Health Sciences, Saudi Arabia.

Ms. Samia Alzahrani
Vice Chairperson of the Saudi Midwifery Group, Senior Specialist Midwife.
Department of Academic Affairs and Training, General Administration of Nursing and Midwifery Affairs, Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia.

Mrs. Fatimaezzahra Aaynealhayat
International Relations Coordinator of the Saudi Midwifery Group, Midwife Specialist, PhysioNatal, Saudi Arabia.

Ms. Zohour Al Somali
Senior Specialist Midwife and Jeddah Midwifery Regional Coordinator at Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia.

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

Ms. Houda Hamami
Team Leader Midwife-king Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz University Hospital-PNU
Secretary General at the Saudi Midwifery Group, Saudi Arabia.

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

Prof. Hassan Abduljabbar
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, King Abdulaziz University.
President of the Saudi Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Federation of Arab Gynecology Obstetrics Societies, Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Wadad Alanzi
Assistant Professor at Majmaah University, Saudi Arabia.

Ms. Anne Bedaux
Co-trainer Mindfulness-Based Childbirth & Parenting, Centre for Mindfulness.
Birth trainer and educator, Birthing Centre Amsterdam BCW, Netherlands.

Dr. Marlies Rijnders
Senior Scientist, TNO Child Health.
Assistant Professor Public Health & Health in Primary Care University of Leiden. Netherlands.

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