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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.





National Nursing Week - May 7-13, 2018

Celebrate Yourselves for National Nursing Week!

National Nursing Week, May 7-13, 2018, emphasizes our profession's accomplishments as a discipline. We are a remarkable group of professionals that have the capacity to adapt our roles to an ever changing world in health care.

The theme of this year’s National Nursing Week is:#YesThisIsNursing. The influence of technology has the nurse's role evolving quickly and we are all impacted by the expansion of technology. Perinatal nurses leverage social media to promote advocacy, raise awareness and connect nursing from across the globe on perinatal issues. CAPWHN members participate on the CAPWHN website, Facebook, and Twitter page to share clinical care protocols, policies, and education with colleagues from all over Canada and the world. Please continue to share with others about the diversity of your role as a perinatal nurse. Thank you for your support to CAPWHN and the sharing of clinical care information for women and their families. Together we can can make a difference to perinatal care in Canada.

National Nursing Week draws attention to nurses and the many contributions of nursing to the well-being of Canadians. However you celebrate, remember your nursing roots, reminisce with colleagues, support each other every day, and have a wonderful National Nursing Week!


CAPWHN Board of Directors



Abstract Review Update


The results are out! If you have not received your letter, please contact CAPWHN.




We received a record number of abstract submissions this year and the Abstract Review Working Group is busy completing the review process. We anticipate sending the results to all corresponding authors around mid-April.


The 2018 CAPWHN Conference Planning Committee remains hard at work and we look forward to seeing everyone October 11-13 at the Westin Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario. We are also planning pre-conference workshops for October 10th so keep that in mind before making your travel arrangements!


The 2018 Industry Prospectus is available and registration for exhibitors and sponsors is open. Book your space today!


Additional updates will be posted as they become available.





Thank you to all who attended CAPWHN's last webinar, "BFI Journey and Breastfeeding Support in Kanesatake" on April 25, 2018. The recorded presentation will be available shortly. The January, February, and March webinar recordings have been posted on the members only site





The April 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 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 - Provincial Director - Clinical Education and Quality Improvement - Perinatal Services BC, Vancouver BC. Click to access all current job postings.


The Industry Prospectus for the 8th CAPWHN National Conference, October 11-13, 2018 in Ottawa is now available. Exhibitor and sponsor registration is open. Reserve your space today!


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



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