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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.





Thank you to all who joined us for CAPWHN's first National Diaper Drive for Diaper Needs Awareness Week! 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. We can't wait for next year's Diaper Drive!



2017 CAPWHN National Conference


It's hard to believe, but after all the planning the conference is upon us! We are anxiously awaiting our guests from across the country! Take a look at the Final Program - it's going to be epic!


Preliminary Program - Updated September 8, 2017


The preliminary program has been updated with new presentations for A01-2 and D04-2. The new presentations match the session themes. You can find all of the program details here


There is still time to register. The program features world class speakers and topics - it's not to be missed! Registrations today!


Don't forget to book your hotel room if you haven't already, and make sure to check out the travel discounts!


Sponsor and exhibitor registration is open! The prospectus is also available. Space is filling up quickly. Check out the list of confirmed sponsors and exhibitors


It's going to be a great conference - we look forward to seeing you in Halifax!



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


CAPWHN is asking for your help to address diaper need in Canada by initiating a national project to donate diapers. We hope to make this an annual event so that we contribute to helping families in need on an ongoing basis. It is estimated that 1 in 5 families in Canada lack a sufficient supply of diapers to keep an infant or toddler clean, dry and healthy.


Making an individual or a group donation to your local food bank or your local diaper bank, if available, would be a great start.. Tell your friends on social media and use the hashtag #DiaperNeedCanada so that the effort can reach all corners of Canada. Tag @CAPWHN and @FoodBanksCanada to spread the word.  


Thanks for being part of a great effort!



CAPWHN Newsletter


The September 2017 issue of the CAPWHN Newsletter is now available!



New 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.





Join us at the CAPWHN Conference in Halifax as we present the 2017 CAPWHN Award for Excellence in Leadership and Rising Star Award



CNA Certification 2017


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





The next CAPWHN webinar will take place in September 2017. Past webinars are available on the members only site.




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.





Become a Member today!

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



Thank you to our sponsors - we greatly appreciate your support! Can't wait to meet with the exhibitors at the 2017 CAPWHN Conference! So many great products and new info this year!


New job posting available - Program Manager, Antepartum and Postpartum - Vancouver BC. Click to access all current job postings.



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