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About The Society


The Midwives Society of South Africa aims to raise the status, maintain the integrity, support and promote the interests of the midwife, develop and promote an adequate, efficient and effective midwifery service in South Africa, consider every matter in connection with or with reference to midwifery and act as an advisory body, bring about liaison and cooperation with other groups and health care providers associated with midwifery, encourage the establishment of local groups in order to promote the aims and goals of the Society, promote research in midwifery and promote liaison with midwifery groups internationally.

Call for abstracts


Deadline Dates

Abstracts will not be accepted after the closing date of 6 April 2018.

All submitters of papers will be notified by 5 May 2018 whether accepted or declined.

Presenters to have registered and paid to attend SOMSA 2018 by 25 May 2018.

Please note that the online submissions will open in 13 February 2018. Only in exceptional circumstances will an emailed copy be accepted by arrangement.

Accepted papers are subject to online registration and receipt of full payment of the registration fee. Your paper will be excluded should your registration fee not be received by the 25 May 2018.

Notification of acceptance

Notification of provisional acceptance will be sent to the corresponding author by 5 May 2018. Please note that only the corresponding author will receive this email concerning the abstract and is responsible for informing all co-authors of the status of the abstract.

Authors whose abstracts have been accepted will receive instructions for the presentation of their abstract.

The presenter needs to be the first listed author on the submission.

Any change to the presenting author must be communicated to It is the responsibility of the author to ensure that the presenter is fully registered and paid. It is the authors responsibility to submit a correct abstract. Any errors in spelling, grammar or scientific fact will be reproduced as submitted by the author.


  1. Submit a professional biography of the presenting author of 100 words and to be copied and pasted under the tab biography.
  2. You need not be a SOMSA member to present a paper/poster. All abstracts must be written in English.
  3. Abstracts must be submitted online through the conference website at
  4. All research abstracts should disclose primary findings and avoid, whenever possible, promissory statements such as "experiments are in progress" or "results will be discussed".
  5. The abstract is limited to 300 words.
  6. Keywords = 3
  7. The themes under which you can present are:
    • Providing quality care in midwifery through identity: Is a midwife a midwife in South Africa?
      The focus on quality care requires well educated, regulated and supported midwives. This translates into a competent, independent and confident practitioner.
      We invite research abstracts addressing issues such as (but not limited to):
      • The Philosophy and Model of Midwifery Care
      • Midwifery Education and Clinical Practice
      • Midwifery Competence and Competency
      • Competence
        The combination of knowledge, psychomotor, communication, and decision-making skills that enable an individual to perform a specific task to a defined level of proficiency.
      • Competency
        • A combination of knowledge, professional behaviour, and specific skills that are demonstrated at a defined level of proficiency in the context of midwifery education and practice.
        • The concept of competency goes well beyond task performance (skills). It acknowledges the integral importance of cognitive skills such as clinical reasoning and critical thinking, and the reflection of professional attitudes and behaviours as well as situation in which activities are to be performed in the delivery of services to make a difference in maternal and neonatal outcomes.
    • Engaging partners in respectful care in SRMCAH
      In order to respect women, holistic midwifery care requires engaging with women’s partners in the care before, during and after pregnancy. This theme focuses on engaging with the firstly the woman as partner, the partner or spouse, Doulas, Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) and the community at large to ensure appropriate holistic, respectful care.
      We invite research abstracts addressing issues (but not limited to) such as;
      • Values, Ethics and Human rights in Midwifery care
      • Gender discrimination and gender based violence
      • Ethnic and cultural practices influencing SRMCAH
      • Mother- Baby friendly care
      • Partner / Community involvement in midwifery care
    • Stakeholders advocating for improvement in SRMCAH care: a statement to be actioned
      Promoting SRMCAH requires, the involvement of various stakeholders at all levels. SOMSA engages with stakeholders (governments and donors) to recognize midwifery as a unique and vital profession. And also to support it financially and through further policy change. The subtheme focuses on research based on care improved through engaging with stakeholders.

Headings for research abstracts:

  • Background
  • Problem statement
  • Aim & objectives
  • Methods used (design, sampling, data collection, and data analysis)
  • Results
  • Recommendations/Conclusion

Headings for non-research abstracts

  • Focus
  • Target population
  • Intervention
  • Significance for education, practice, research, policy and or service user
  • Recommendations and future actions
  • Headings for workshops abstracts

  • Aim/rationale/objectives
  • Target population
  • Description of workshop (such as structure, nature of participation, proposed number of participants)
  • Intervention
  • Significance for education, practice, research, policy and or service user
  • Recommendations and future actions
  • Submission Procedure

    You will receive an abstract receipt letter by email. Please use email address and password to:

    1. View, amend or delete your abstract
    2. Changes can be made up until 6 April 2018.
    3. You may specify if you would like to submit an oral, workshop, symposium or a poster. Please note workshops and symposium presentations will be allocated a 90 minute slot.
    4. Register for the Conference

    Important - Please note:

    The Scientific Committee retains the right to make alterations to the presentation type and programme. This will be communicated directly to anyone affected.

    Contact Details

    SOMSA Secretariat

    Liza Monteiro
    Tel: 021 914 2751
    Fax: 021 914 5493


    Liza Monteiro
    Tel: 021 914 2751
    Fax: 021 914 5493


    Erin Ryan
    Tel: 031 303 9852
    Fax: 031 303 9529

    Sponsorship and
    Exhibition Enquiries

    Liza Monteiro
    Tel: 021 914 2751
    Fax: 021 914 5493

    Abstract Submission

    Jo Bezuidenhout
    Tel: 031 303 9852
    Fax: 031 303 9529