International day of the Midwife

Saudi Arabia is celbrating the Interntaional Day of the Midwife.



Please check our Symposium Poster Here


اليوم العالمي للاحتفال بالقابلة

السعودية تحتفل باليوم العالمي للقابلة

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International Day of the Midwife

May 5, 2018

Previouce celebrations

احتفالاتنا السابقة

Thanks to you, We really enjoyed celebrating IDM last years

شكرا لكل من شاركنا الاعوام الماضية

 لقد استمتعنا حقيقة بالاحتفال

Honored Guest

Dr. Fasal Kashgari

MCH Director, SSOG secretary General

Target audience:
Midwives & Persons Inerested in Supporting Midwifery in Saudi


3:45-4:00 pm Registration


4:00-4:15 pm  Dr. Ahlam Alzahrani

Opening Remarks:

welcome & Introduction


4:15-5:45 pm Dr. Roa Al-Taweeli

The Saudi Midwifery Group ((SMG)


4:45-5:45 pm Aisha Al Hajjar

Midwives Model of Care


5:45-6:15 pm Annemiek van der Kraan

Direct Entry Bachelor Midwifery:

 How Safe How Efficient?


6:15-6:45 pm  Gillian Sedgewick

Midwifery Supervision: Supporting Midwives in Clinical Practice


6:45-7:15 pm Break

Coffee, Prayer & Refreshment


7:15-7:45 pm Dr. Roa Al-Taweeli

Interventions During Labour:

Evidence Based-Yes or No?


7:45-8:00 pm Discussion & Closing



Date, Time, & Venue
Official International Day of the Midwife
Thursday, May 5, 2016
4 pm to 8 pm


Maternity and Children Hospital, Jeddah


Dr. Ahlam Alzahran is the Chairperson of the Saudi Midwifery Group and an Assistanct Professor at King Abdul Aziz University Faculty of Applied Medical Science, Nursing School in Jeddah.  She has her PhD in Maternal Health and her research interests include:  Women's Health, OB/GYN, Sexuality & Sexual Health,Family Planning, Research Methodology,, Systematic Review and Search Technique.

Aisha Al Hajjar provides global training workshops and lectures for birth workers and trains AMANI Birth Teachers and Doulas, as well as working with expectant parents to prepare for natural birth. She is an advocate for the rights of parents to education and informed consent and the responsibility of birth workers to support them. She is a founding member of SMG. She has a Bachelors of Science in Midwifery, is a  Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM), and is pursuing her Masters of Midwifery. She is also a midwifery teacher and works with aspiring midwives.

Gillian Sedgewick is Nurse Research Senior Specialist within Nursing Practice Quality and Research Department at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre in Jeddah. She has presented nationally and internationally on clinical practice issues.  She has a special interest in public health and positive health outcomes and she has published in peer reviewed journals on her research interest maternal obesity. She has been a practicing nurse/midwife for over 30years working in clinical practice, service development, management, education and research positions. She has held a number of senor nurse/midwife positions within the UK and Middle East,


Annemiek van der Kraan has clinical midwifery experience and has been teaching midwifery in the Netherlands for 25 years. Annemiek was part of a group introducing and implementing Centering Pregnancy in the Netherlands. A group-centered approach focused on educating and supporting pregnant women.  Her most recent achievement is leading the development of a master program at the VU University in Amsterdam.  She participated in several international ‘teach the teacher’ projects in Pakistan and Sierra Leone. She is living in Saudi and in February this year she joined the Board of SMG. She holds a bachelor of science degree in Medical Biology and Midwifery and a master degree in Educational Science.

Annemiek’s  main drive is to enable women to experience a natural delivery in a safe environment.


Dr Roa Altaweli is the first midwife from Saudi Arabia to obtain a PhD in Midwifery. Born in Jeddah, Dr Altaweli is a registered nurse and midwife, holding a BSc in Nursing from King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah. After obtaining a Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery from Bahrain, she was appointed as a midwife at National Guard hospital in Jeddah and then a teaching assistant at Dar Al Hekma University. Following work as a midwife, Dr Altaweli decided to pursue a more academic route by achieving a Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Practice of Midwifery from Kings College London, and an MSc in Midwifery and PhD in Midwifery from City University London. Dr Altaweli is also the vice-chairperson of the Saudi Midwifery Group (SMG) that was recently established in August 2015 and a member of Optimizing Maternal Mortality And Healthcare Advisory Team (OMMAHAT) that started in April 2015.      



Taghreed Hawsawi 

Cristina Sora

Mada Awam

Sara Shamah
Annemiek van der Kraan