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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.






2018 Conference Update - Abstract Submission Deadline Extended


The deadline to submit abstracts for the 2018 CAPWHN Conference has been extended to Tuesday February 20, 2018 at 1700 EST.





CAPWHN has two webinars scheduled in February. Both are on the same topic, with the February 21 webinar in English and February 28 in French. The presentation is entitled Guidelines for institutional implementation of developmental neuroprotective care in the NICU. A joint position statement from the CANN, CAPWHN, NANN & COINN. / Lignes directrices institutionnelle des soins du développement neuroprotecteur sen unité néonatale. Un énoncé conjoint du CANN, CAPWHN, NANN & COINN.

Click here for more information and to register.


2018 CAPWHN National Conference


The 2018 CAPWHN Conference Planning Committee is hard at work! The October 11-13, 2018 conference will take place at the Westin Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario.


The Call for Abstracts has been posted and abstract submissions are now being accepted! The deadline for submissions is February 9, 2018 extended to February 20, 2018 at 1700 EST.


The 2018 Industry Prospectus will be available shortly. 


Additional updates will be posted as they become available.





The February 2018 issue is now available!





CAPWHN has two webinars scheduled for February (21 and 28) - English and French presentations of the same topic: Guidelines for institutional implementation of developmental neuroprotective care in the NICU. A joint position statement from the CANN, CAPWHN, NANN & COINN/ Lignes directrices institutionnelle des soins du développement neuroprotecteur sen unité néonatale. Un énoncé conjoint du CANN, CAPWHN, NANN & COINN.

Click here for more information and to register.



2017 CAPWHN National Conference


Thank you to all who attended the 2017 Annual Clinical, Education, Research Conference held October 12-14 in Halifax Nova Scotia! By all accounts the conference was a tremendous success. We hope you gained new knowledge and networks that will benefit your workplace.


Thank you to the sponsors and exhibitors who helped support the conference. We hope to see you in 2018!



Diaper Needs Awareness Week - September 26 - October 2, 2017


Thank you to all who joined us for CAPWHN's first National Diaper Drive for Diaper Needs Awareness Week held September 26 to October 2, 2017. A few centres went above and beyond, exceeding our expectations. We appreciate everyone's participation and send a special shout out to the crews in Hamilton ON and Regina SK for their exceptional efforts and contributions to help those families facing Diaper Need, and to those in Niagara who held their hugely successful diaper drive in December. We can't wait for next year's Diaper Drive - stay tuned for more info in 2018!



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.





Congratulations to the recipients of the 2017 CAPWHN Awards, Erna Snelgrove-Clarke and Megan Fockler. Learn more about the CAPWHN Award for Excellence in Leadership and Rising Star Award and plan ahead for the 2018 nominations! 



CNA Certification 2018


Click here for more information. Why should you certify? Read the Perinatal Nursing Certification brochure!





There has been much to celebrate and raise awareness for lately - National Volunteer Week, Maternal Mental Health Day, International Day of the Midwife, and now National Nursing Week 2017. Please see take a moment to view the messages from CAPWHN to all of our colleagues and to the parents and families in our care.





The CAPWHN office moved to its new headquarters at 2781 Lancaster Road, Suite 200, Ottawa ON K1B 1A7. Phone and fax numbers as well as email addresses remain the same.



CAPWHN Board of Directors


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



Zika Travel Alert

Pregnant women in any trimester should consider postponing travel to 14 countries and territories in South and Central America and the Caribbean where mosquitos are spreading the Zika virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced tonight. Viral infection in pregnant women has been associated with microcephaly in infants. See the CDC website or the Public Health Agency of Canada for more information.





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Remember to use all your membership benefits including the new membership term, educational webinars and conference registration discounts.



New job posting available - Program Manager, Gynecology Services - BC Women's Hospital and Health Centre in Vancouver BC. Click to access all current job postings.


Thank you to our sponsors - we greatly appreciate your support! Thank you to the 2017 Conference exhibitors. We hope you found the conference beneficial. Save the dates for the next conference, October 11-13, 2018 in Ottawa!




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