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2012 Call for Abstracts

American College of Nurse-Midwives
57th Annual Meeting & Exposition
June 2-7, 2012
Long Beach, California

Deadline for Submissions: September 12, 2011

New this year! All abstracts (Program and Division of Research (DOR) and Division of Global Health (DGH) research abstracts will be submitted at the same time and in the same electronic system. THEREFORE, PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE CALL CAREFULLY. Research abstracts will be blind peer-reviewed by the DOR and DGH. All other abstracts will be reviewed by the program committee members. Abstract submission in any category does not guarantee acceptance.


Submission Dates: The electronic system will open on Monday, July 25, 2011 and close Monday, September 12, 2011 at 11:59pm EST.

Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: The official notifications for ALL ABSTRACTS will be e-mailed after the second week in December 2011. This will be followed by a final e-mail containing presentation time that will be sent after the second week of March 2012, to all registered, accepted presenters.


NEW THIS YEAR. All abstract submitters will have a poster option. The American College of Nurse-Midwives is very excited to introduce this new opportunity for sharing ideas at the ACNM Annual Meeting. One abstract site and submission date for all oral sessions and posters. We are actively recruiting posters, educational sessions, workshops, roundtables, keynotes and panel discussions. We invite abstract submissions for posters and oral presentations on topics relevant to midwifery; including clinical, research, global health, public policy and education. All poster submissions should describe an innovative approach to the clinical, educational, business and policy or global service aspects of midwifery education and practice. Posters may describe a clinical project, address elements of clinical practice that expand on current practice or introduce novel approaches to care. We welcome posters on the delivery of full scope maternity care, high risk obstetrics, gynecological issues, family planning, primary care, pediatrics as it applies to the newborn, and behavioral and psycho-social aspects of care. We also welcome topics which include the management of counseling and therapies for psychological conditions and challenges surrounding a woman's life along with upcoming health promoting and disease preventing strategies. The College both supports and encourages posters that address the art and science of providing midwifery care. Political and business practice issues, public relations and development of public and private programs serving childbearing families and mothers from a grassroots to global approach are vital to the growth of our profession and our goal for improving maternal child care and the care of all women. Students are encouraged to submit posters describing scholarly projects, service learning innovations and Masters or ND Capstones or PhD dissertations.

We expect all interested presenters to submit their oral abstract or poster to a “common” site according to the track which most closely relates to their topic.

Create your poster in PowerPoint using one of two options: 1) A single slide enlarged and printed on a large format printer or 2) Multiple slides, printed on standard sized paper and posted in sequence. All posters must fit within a 4X8 foot free standing poster board and hang using stick pins No honoraria are provided for poster presenters.

All general abstracts submitted for oral presentation must go beyond ACNM core competencies or show new learning (new research, new models, etc), and have appropriate documentation of references. Five references from the past five years, from peer-reviewed, refereed journals or texts are required with the abstract submission. Topics relevant to full-scope clinical midwifery including primary care, evidence-based practice, global health, education, business, and policy that expand on current practice or introduce novel approaches to care are sought. Review of submissions: The Program Committee will begin to review the abstracts as they are uploaded.

GENERAL GUIDELINES for Abstract Submissions: The following is the content you will be required to submit. Abstracts that are incomplete, late or not consistent with the format will not be considered.

Abstracts submitters must adhere to the following rules:

  • ACNM reserves the right to cancel a presentation based on noncompliance at any point on any issue.
    • This includes but is not limited to: failure to return signed presenter agreement, failure to submit handouts, presenter changes, etc.
  • The individual submitting the abstract is considered the primary contact. All correspondence about the abstract will be emailed to the primary contact person. The primary contact person is responsible for providing any communication details to the other presenters.
  • The submission of an abstract does not guarantee participation in the program.
  • The ACNM is a noncommercial forum. Under no circumstances may a session be used as a place for direct promotion of a presenter's product, service, or monetary self-interest. Sales pitches disguised as presentations will not be considered.
  • Presenters do not need to be ACNM members in order to submit an abstract.
  • ACNM will provide laptop computers for presentations. ACNM will only provide the following audiovisual: Laptop, LCD projector and screen, one wired lavaliere microphone and podium. All other AV needs must be communicated to the meeting planners prior to the conference.
  • All workshops will be identified as half day (4 hours) or full day (8 hours).
  • All education session presentations will run 60 minutes. Presenters should limit the scope they will cover and focus on pertinent issues.
  • Regardless of ACNM's decision to accept your abstract, we will notify all presenters of the results. If a presentation abstract is selected, information regarding important deadlines and requirements will be provided to the primary speaker in the ACNM Presenter Information Packet.


Research Abstracts will be accepted in a structured format for poster presentation or limited podium research presentation slots. During the submission process you will be asked to submit a single-spaced abstract of not more that 350 words using 12 pt Times New Roman Font and the following headings; Purpose/Aim, Research Questions and/or Hypotheses, Significance/Background (conceptual framework if applicable), Methods (eg. design, sampling, procedures, instruments, limitations), Findings (presentations of work in progress may use N/A for Findings), Discussion (conclusions and implications for practice, research, and/or education). Research presentation of work in progress will be accepted, however for forum presentations findings must be presented at the time of the annual meeting. Research podium presenters will have the option of having their abstract published in the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health. DOR and DGH poster and podium presentations are judged events. Awards are given to the best podium, poster and student presentation of research. No honoraria are provided for DOR or DGH research podium or poster presentations.


Presenter registration- All Presenters must register to attend the ACNM Annual Meeting for at least the day of oral or poster presentation.


If abstract is accepted, presenter(s) agree to:

  • ALL presenters must return signed presenter agreements by February 1, 2012.
  • Presenters must use PowerPoint as a means to present. No overhead projectors will be supplied for presentations. There is no internet capability in any of the rooms.
  • Workshop presenters agree to upload handouts to a designated website by April 6, 2012 to be copied for distribution and/or posted on the ACNM website.
  • Presenters agree to upload PowerPoint presentations to a designated website by April 6, 2012 to be reviewed and approved for content by Audio visual company and ACNM staff, copied for distribution and posted on our website.
  • Presenters agree to permit ACNM to provide their contact information to attendees.
  • Presenters agree to be available to appear any day ACNM assigns Concurrent Sessions. Programming will be presented on Sunday June 3 through Thursday, June 7th. Approximately 4 educational sessions will run concurrently.
  • ACNM reserves the right to revise presentation titles, reassign the identified topic area, or edit the program summary for promotional and program materials.
  • Presenters agree to abide by the terms of the copyright release in order to present at ACNM's Annual Meeting. ACNM records its education and premier sessions and makes audio and video recordings available to its members and other professionals interested in the topics being covered. All presenters agree to provide ACNM with permission to record, edit, archive, duplicate, distribute, reproduce and sell any written or visual material submitted in connection with and including the oral presentation, delivered at this program, in any and all media now existing or hereafter developed, throughout the world. Presenter(s) understand that ACNM has sole right to any revenues generated from these sales. All participants must grant this permission in order to be considered for participation in ACNM's Annual Meeting. ACNM understands that there may be exceptions to the copyright release and these will be handled on a case by case basis.


Education Sessions

  • Presenter/s are responsible for their own travel & all expenses related to presentation.
  • Presenters are eligible for one complimentary room night and tax at contracted hotel.
  • This is only provided to the primary presenter unless otherwise preapproved and authorized by the ACNM in advance.
  • There is no honorarium for educational session presenter, except for invited speakers.


  • Presenter/s are responsible for their own travel & all expenses related to presentation.
  • For ˝ day workshop, presenter is eligible for one complimentary room night and tax at contracted hotel and payment of $150. For full day workshop, presenter is eligible for two complimentary room nights and tax at contracted hotel and payment of $300.
  • This is only provided to the primary presenter unless otherwise preapproval and authorized by the ACNM.

Roundtables, Forums and Posters

§ ACNM does not provide any form of honoraria for these presentations.

Note: Education session and Workshop Presenters are required to make their own reservations at the contracts hotel in their own name.

Presenter on site responsibilities:

Presenters will be asked to check in at the ACNM Annual meeting registration desk and the presenter ready room four (4) hours prior to the scheduled time of their presentation. This will enable the presenter to review what the Audio Visual company has as their presentation and make any necessary changes.

Posters will be displayed in the exhibit hall. All poster presenters must display their poster by Monday, June 4, 2012 11:00am and removed it by Tuesday, June 5, 2012 5pm. At least one poster presenter must be available to discuss the poster with conference attendees during the poster session times. The poster session times are scheduled to take place: Monday, June 4, 2012 from 1:30-3pm and Tuesday, June 5, 2012 from 12:30-2pm.

Thank you for your interest in submitting your abstract for consideration at the ACNM 57th Annual Meeting and Exposition in Long Beach, California. If you have any questions, please contact Melinda Bush at [email protected]

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