Abstracts Submissions


Deadline Dates

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

All submitters of papers will be notified by 6 May 2019 whether accepted or declined.

Presenters to have registered and paid to attend SOMSA 2019 by 24 May 2019.

Please note that the online submissions will open in 15 February 2019. 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 24 May 2019.

Notification of acceptance

Notification of provisional acceptance will be sent to the corresponding author by 6 May 2019. 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 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 www.midwivessociety.co.za.
  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:
    • Restoring professionalism in midwifery
      Professionalism includes accountability, elimination of harmful practices and professional misconduct/litigation, and upholding ethical values. Midwifery is a caring profession and should respect the dignity of women and their families at all times.
    • Restoring competency through evidence based practices
      Midwives also have the right to be recognised and respected as competent healthcare providers sometimes using advanced skills in a not so optimal environment. Innovation to strengthen competencies of midwives both in task shifting, pre-service education and in on-going education including continuous professional development are strategies to remain and grow competence as a midwife.
    • Restoring cultural awareness
      Not only is South Africa diverse with many indigenous cultures, there are many women from diverse cultures giving birth across all types of birth settings. Midwives need to take into cognisance the cultural diversity and indigenous practices that affects midwifery practice in order to render culturally sensitive and responsive midwifery care.

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 5 April 2019.
  3. You may specify if you would like to submit an oral, workshop or a poster. Please note workshops 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.