Abstracts Submissions

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The Society of Midwives of South Africa is hosting its first ever virtual triennial congress on the on the 25 of August 2021. The congress will be organised by the Western Cape local organising committee. Please help us by submitting an abstract for the congress. Abstracts must demonstrate a direct link to the congress theme:


Deadline Dates

  • Online submissions will open on the 26 February 2021. Only in exceptional circumstances will an emailed copy be accepted by prior arrangement. 
  • Abstracts will not be accepted after the closing date of the 30 April 2021.
  • All submitters of papers will be notified by the 14 May 2021 whether the abstract was accepted or declined.
  • Presenters must be registered and paid to attend the SOMSA congress of 2021 by 11 June 2021.
  • Your paper will be excluded should your registration fee not be received by 11 June 2021.

Notification of acceptance

  • Notification of provisional acceptance will be sent to the corresponding author by 14 May 2021. 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 joanne@confco.co.za.
  • 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 do not need to be a member of SOMSA  to present at the congress. 
  3. All abstracts must be written in English.
  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. The abstract should contain 3 keywords.
  7. Abstracts must be submitted in one of the following tracks: Research (20 minutes), innovation (15 minutes), or reflection (10 minutes).
Background, rationale,
problem statement
context, purpose
and context
Research question(s)Interest/focus of the
What was
Aim and objectivesDescription of the
work done
Why did you
do it?
(design, sampling,
data collection,
and data analysis)
Links to similar
What were
the results?
Lesson learned
implementation in
other context,
How did you
Implications: How
does the research
contribute to
the field, the
relevance in other
Significance or
impact of the
or innovation
What were
the lessons
and conclusions
ConclusionsSignificance of
the work and
how it will
future practice.
  • The abstract must encompass one of the following streams and be in line with the overarching theme of the congress.
  • STREAMS Midwife leadership (research and innovation)
  • Diversity initiatives that address the health and well-being of midwives
  • Healthcare systems and organizational development
  • Interprofessional collaborations that promote positive workplace culture
  • Promoting healthy work and learning environments
  • Healthcare environment and provider well-being
  • Global leadership endeavours/collaborative initiatives
  • Innovative midwife leadership strategies
  • Initiatives to promote development of future midwife leaders
  • Midwife education (research and innovation)
  • Interprofessional educational initiatives
  • Professional development for midwife educators and staff
  • Midwife educator preparedness, mentorship, and retention
  • Innovative teaching and learning strategies in Midwifery
  • Instrument development and implementation
  • New theoretical or conceptual models pertaining to teaching and learning
  • Promoting health and well-being in teaching and learning settings
  • Midwifery clinical practice (research and innovation)
  • Evidence-informed integration of alternative and complementary health practices in midwifery environments
  • Emerging alternative/complementary treatment modalities to augment conventional midwifery interventions
  • Health and wellness advances in midwifery care
  • Family-centred midwifery care
  • Midwifery care management strategies
  • Women and family education, engagement strategies
  • Interventions that promote health and wellness of childbearing families
  • Efforts that reduce or prevent diseases and other co-morbidities
  • Development or utilization of technical innovations to improve clinical practice and outcomes
  • Integration of technology in clinical practice
  • Data management and informatics
  • Culturally competent initiatives and midwifery practices
  • Mental Health (research and innovation)
  • Being more resilient and developing resilience amongst midwives
  • Psychological safety in the workplace
  • Change management strategies
  • Stress Management techniques
  • Changing Habits – Breaking bad Habits
  • Mental Health awareness in midwifery settings
  • Coping with stressful situations
  • #MidWise (Reflection)

Write a reflection on an interesting case that you were involved in/managed. The reflection can be based on leadership, clinical management, or education cases. Use one of the following reflective models to help you to engage more meaningfully with the reflective process.

Submission Procedure

You will receive an abstract receipt letter by email. 

  1. Abstracts must be submitted online through the conference website at www.midwivessociety.co.za.
  2. You can view, amend, or delete your abstract on the webpage. Changes can be made up until 9 April 2021.
  3. Specify in which track your abstract will be submitted (Research, Innovation, or Reflection).  
  4. The abstract must be in line with the congress theme and must contain one of the congress streams.
  5. Register for the 2021 SOMSA Congress.

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.
  • The presentations will be pre-recorded and played on the day of the congress
  • The due date for the pre-recorded presentations is the 13 July 2021
  • Presenters who do not adhere to the stipulated timelines can be excluded from the congress.
  • Presenters need to provide consent to post the presentations, after the congress, on a SOMSA affiliated webpage.

Thank you! We look forward to receiving your abstracts.

Abstracts will not be accepted after the closing date of 5 April 2019.