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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.





News Release


We are delighted to inform you that today, June 21, 2017, National Aboriginal Day, CAPWHN released the just-approved 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 Nursing 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.



CAPWHN Newsletter



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



2017 CAPWHN National Conference


Preliminary Program and Presentation Information


Thank you to all those who submitted abstracts for the CAPWHN Annual Clinical, Education, Research Conference, to be held October 12-14, 2017 in Halifax NS! Letters with your presentation details will be issued in the coming days. Thank you for your patience. If you need information sooner please contact CAPWHN. The preliminary program is still in the design process, but the schedule should be posted next week in order to help you make your arrangements. 


For cost information and budgeting purposes, the registration fees will be similar to the 2016 conference. Follow the Conferences link, past conferences, 2016, registration to access last year's details. 


Hotel and travel information for the 2017 conference have been posted, as well as local transportation details.  


Sponsor and exhibitor registration is open! The prospectus is also available. 





It's time to submit your nominations for 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.



It's time to submit your nominations for the 2017 CAPWHN Award for Excellence in Leadership and Rising Star Award



New job postings available - Perinatal Nurse, Campbell River BC and Unit Manager, Wainwright Health Centre - Wainwright AB


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