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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.

Programme and Abstract Submission


More information to follow soon.

Abstract Submission


Deadline Dates

Abstracts will not be accepted after the closing date of 07 April 2017.

All submitters of papers will be notified by 28 April 2017 whether accepted or declined.

Presenters to have registered and paid to attend SOMSA 2017 by 15 May 2017.

Please note that the online submissions will open in 10 February 2017. Only in exceptional circumstances will a faxed or 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 15 May 2017.

Notification of acceptance

Notification of provisional acceptance will be sent to the corresponding author by 28 April 2017. 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:
    • Strengthening strategies to end maternal and child mortalities
      The focus is on adopted strategies / initiatives that have been implemented in South Africa in the quest to end maternal and child mortalities. We invite papers, posters and workshops on (but not limited to the strategies such as):
      • Basic Antenatal Care
      • Better Births initiative (BBI)
      • 90-90-90 strategy,
      • Non-communicable diseases.
      • ESMOE
      • CARMMA
      • Contraceptive Services
    • Competency based midwifery education: are we birthing quantity or quality?
      The focus is on midwifery competence at both pre-service education level but also in-service education level. We invite papers, posters or workshops looking at all the elements of education of competent midwives at all levels.
      • Competence is defined as:
        • 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.
        • 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 in the delivery of services.
        • For more on the ICM essential competencies, download and read this article
    • Empowering midwives in human rights to enable respectful care
      Following the publication of SOMSA’s position paper and the pledge to respectful care of midwives in 2016 we now invite papers, posters or workshops unpacking all the elements of a human rights based approach to sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health. Research focussed on (but not limited to) the following fits into this sub-theme:
      • Care of the carer with the focus on also the rights of the midwife
      • Empowerment of women, girls and communities
      • Protection and support the mother–baby dyad
      • Ownership, leadership, accountability and supportive legal, regulatory and financial frameworks for sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health
      • Human rights framework to ensure that high-quality reproductive, maternal and newborn health care is available, accessible and acceptable to all who need it

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 27 March 2017.
  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


Ingrid Jacobs
Tel: 021 914 2751
Fax: 021 914 5493

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