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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 CAPWHN National Conference Update - October 9, 2018


Conference week is finally here! The final program has been posted and we are preparing for your arrival in Ottawa!


Online registration is closed. You may register on site - keep in mind that this is a longer process so be prepared and patient! 


Speaker documents remain available, including the conflict of interest disclosure form, as well as the consent and waiver form. Please complete and submit your forms as soon as possible.


For those attending the full conference, you must register for the opening reception and the Canadiana-themed dinner, as well as the closing lunch in order to attend those specific events. They are included in your fee, but as they are optional events, registration allows us to plan the appropriate amount of food and minimize waste. Make sure that you ask about your registration at these events when you pick up your conference material.


The exhibit hall will be filled with industry representatives eager to tell you about the latest and greatest products and innovations. Take a few moments to speak with the reps to learn more.


Check out what to do while in Ottawa.



CAPWHN Newsletter


The September 2018 issue is now available!





Webinars return after the October 2018 CAPWHN Conference. Recorded webinars are posted on the members only site



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!




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 - Perinatal Nurse - Williams Lake BC and Project Director - Breastfeeding Committee for Canada. Click to access all current job postings.


The Exhibit Hall at the 8th CAPWHN National Conference, October 11-13, 2018 in Ottawa awaits you!


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

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