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The Canadian Association of Perinatal and Women’s Health Nurses (CAPWHN) represents women's health, obstetric and newborn nurses from across Canada. CAPWHN aims to promote excellence in nursing practice, leadership, education, and research in the areas of perinatal and women’s health care.





2020 CAPWHN Conference - Call for Abstracts Now Open!

The 2020 CAPWHN Annual Clinical, Education, Research Conference planning process (September 24-26, 2020 in Winnipeg MB) is in full swing! The conference theme is "The meeting place: Embracing evidence-informed practice, family-centred care and cultural humility." Please consider submitting an abstract and help us by sharing the conference and abstract information with your colleagues across the country.


New CAPWHN Website

We are making final preparations before launching the new CAPWHN website. The website has loads of information so please bear with us during this transition. Information on this site will be updated as much as possible but you will see a much more robust website soon.


CAPWHN 2019 Conference was a great success!

Thank you to all who attended the 2019 CAPWHN Annual Clinical, Education, Research Conference in Vancouver! For your reference the program at a glance and full final program are posted on the website. We will be posting info about the 2020 conference in Winnipeg shortly. Mark your calendar for September 24-26, 2020. The call for abstracts will be out soon.


Diaper Needs Awareness Week

Thank you to all who participated in CAPWHN's 3rd National Diaper Drive for Diaper Needs Awareness Week (DNAW) Sept 23-29, 2019! Take a look at the attached flyer to prepare for next year's Diaper Drive.


CAPWHN Education - Supported by Anusol/Church & Dwight

Our October 7, 2019 webinar contained some fantastic information about how to diagnose and treat hemorrhoids. The recording will be available soon. Join us at the 2019 CAPWHN Conference for an advanced practice education session on this important topic. 


CAPWHN News Brief

Check out the October 2019 issue of the CAPWHN News Brief - a short update on issues related to CAPWHN and the field of perinatal and women's health nursing. Let us know what you think!


CAPWHN Webinar Sept. 16, 2019 Follow Up

Thank you to Michael Villeneuve, CEO of the Canadian Nurses Association, for his webinar presentation "Lead. Advocate. Act: Helping nurses influence better health, better care and better value". Participants will receive the slides and evaluation form in the next few days.


Updated Industry Prospectus and WHO Code Compliance Position Statement 

After much research and deliberation the CAPWHN Board of Directors has approved a Position Statement regarding Exhibitor WHO Code Compliance at the CAPWHN National Conference. Please contact CAPWHN if you have any questions.


Perinatal Nursing Standards in Canada

CAPWHN is pleased to present the newly revised Canadian Perinatal Nursing Standards. The document is currently available in English. The French version will be available shortly.


CNA Certification 2019

New for 2019: CAPWHN members receive a 20% discount on the initial certification or renewal exam fee, or renewal by continuous learning!



Congratulations to the recipients of the 2019 CAPWHN Awards, Dr. Nicole Letourneau and Rachel Ollivier. Learn more about the CAPWHN Award for Excellence in Leadership and Emerging Leader Award and plan ahead for the 2020 nominations! 


Become a Member today!

Remember to use all your membership benefits including a full 12 month membership term, CNA certification fee discounts, a robust discussion forum, educational webinars on demand, and conference registration discounts.


Learn more about your Board of Directors and contact us with any questions, comments, concerns, or compliments you may have!


Position Statement - FHS Education for Nurses

The CAPWHN Board of Directors has issued a position statement supporting the importance of Fetal Health Surveillance initial education and refresher courses for nurses responsible for the application, interpretation, and response to intermittent auscultation and electronic fetal monitoring during pregnancy and labour. We encourage nurses and their employers to support a process to foster learning opportunities in an interdisciplinary environment.


CAPWHN Position Statement

CAPWHN has been profiled recently in an article published by the Huffington Post and a number of Postmedia newspapers across the country. Congratulations to the Advocacy and Health Policy Committee, whose efforts on an exceptional position statement, have increased CAPWHN's profile nationally.


On June 21, 2017, National Aboriginal Day, CAPWHN released the CAPWHN Position Statement on Cultural Safety/Humility. The position statement was authored by three members of the Advocacy and Health Policy Committee (AHPC): Lucy Barney, Sarah Reaburn, and Leah Thorp, and was created in collaboration with the Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association (CINA). The document was reviewed by the full AHPC as well as CAPWHN’s Board of Directors. Comments and suggestions were incorporated into the document and the final position statement was approved by the Board of Directors on June 14, 2017.


The AHPC identified a gap, and thanks to their hard work, today CAPWHN will become the first Canadian non-Indigenous nursing specialty association to adopt a position statement in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action, focused on cultural safety and humility while caring for Indigenous people. The position statement will be released and discussed this morning in Ottawa, in conjunction with the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) Indigenous Women’s Health Committee meeting.


The CAPWHN Board of Directors thanks the AHPC for their exceptional efforts and for creating a powerful position statement that will help our members provide culturally safe health care to our Indigenous community.



New career opportunity - Staff Nurse - Campbell River BCClick to access all current job postings.


The new Canadian Perinatal Nursing Standards are now available!


Thank you to our sponsors - we greatly appreciate your support! 

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