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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.






CAPWHN Webinars return in early 2019. Recorded webinars are posted on the members only site. There are a number of Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS) webinars that may be of interest. Visit our webinars page for more details.



2018 CAPWHN National Conference

Thank you to all participants, presenters, exhibitors, volunteers, and marketplace vendors for helping to make the 2018 CAPWHN Annual Clinical, Education, Research Conference a resounding success! We couldn't have done it without you!


Huge kudos to the 2018 CAPWHN Conference Planning Committee for their tireless efforts to plan and execute the conference. Your countless volunteer hours resulted in an exceptional conference!


Bookmark your calendar for the next CAPWHN Conference, November 8-10, 2019 in Vancouver BC. Information will be posted as it becomes available.



CAPWHN Newsletter

The September 2018 issue is now available!



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.



Diaper Needs Awareness Week

Thank you to all who joined us for CAPWHN's 2nd National Diaper Drive for Diaper Needs Awareness Week held in the fall. Thanks to efforts of CAPWHN members and their colleagues thousands of diapers were donated to food and diaper banks across the country. We all enjoyed the pictures, sent by the various groups, at the annual conference. Please start planning now for the fall 2019 diaper drive so we can see your group’s efforts at supporting families in need.



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 2018 CAPWHN Awards, Julia Imanoff and Martha Paynter. Learn more about the CAPWHN Award for Excellence in Leadership and Rising Star Award and plan ahead for the 2019 nominations! 



CNA Certification 2018

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



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.



New job postings available - Neonatal Nurse Practitioner - Hamilton ON and Registered Nurse (NICU) - Hamilton ON. Click to access all current job postings.


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

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