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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



World Maternal Mental Health Day


May 2, 2018 is World Maternal Mental Health Day. CAPWHN believes in the importance of raising awareness about maternal mental health. Approximately one in five women experience mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and/or psychosis during pregnancy or in the postpartum period. Early recognition and support are important steps in recovery. Health care professionals, women, and their families need to recognize the signs of maternal mental illness and be aware of the supports and resources that are available within their communities. Please join CAPWHN in recognizing and promoting World Maternal Mental Health Day.



Thank you to all CAPWHN volunteers!


April 15-21, 2018 is National Volunteer Week – a time to celebrate and honour the contributions of the many volunteers who donate their time and energy to help others.


Stay tuned for 2018 Diaper Needs Awareness Week! In the interim, here is CAPWHN's message from 2017:


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!






May 5 - International Day of the Midwife


To all our midwifery colleagues,


The Board and Members of the Canadian Association of Perinatal and Women’s Health Nurses (CAPWHN) would like to congratulate our midwifery colleagues on this, the International Day of the Midwife. We are delighted to see the growth and impact of midwifery care in Canada to provide care options for families. Nurses in Canada and worldwide take pride in being part of this collaborative health team effort for safe and positive birth experiences for women and their families.




Sharon Dore RN PhD

President, CAPWHN






May 4 - World Maternal Mental Health Day


Organizations from around the world are leading efforts to raise awareness about maternal mental health through a collective social media push and in-country events. In many countries, as many as 1 in 5 new mothers experience some type of perinatal mood and anxiety disorder (PMADs). Increasing awareness will drive social change with a goal toward improving the quality of care for women experiencing all types of PMADs, and reducing the stigma of maternal mental illness. Mental health professionals, friends and relatives of new moms - ask her how she’s really feeling and encourage her to seek help. Thank you to our colleagues throughout Canada and the world who care for mothers and their families.






Thank you to all our CAPWHN volunteers!


April 23-29, 2017 is National Volunteer Week, and we wanted to take this opportunity to recognize your engagement. We have some of the most dedicated and creative volunteers at CAPWHN. The hard work of so many wonderful individuals have created and moulded CAPWHN into the incredible organization it is today. Your efforts, individually and collectively, have lead to the development of an organization now recognized as a voice for perinatal and women’s health nursing.

The CAPWHN Board of Directors would like to extend a huge thank you to each and every one of you who has given of your time, your wisdom and your enthusiasm. Without your volunteer drive, CAPWHN would not be here today.

Thank you for all you do and the time and energy you share. Take a bow as a volunteer who has made a difference to nursing and to women and families.


Sharon Dore RN PhD
CAPWHN President





International Women's Day - March 8, 2017


Happy International Women's Day! To the women we serve and those we represent, we support and celebrate you today and every day!






IBCLC Day - March 4, 2017


Happy IBCLC Day to our Lactation Consultant colleagues! We thank you for the excellent work you do and the support you provide to moms and babies!







New career opportunity - Staff Nurse - Campbell River BCClick to access all current job postings.


The new Canadian Perinatal Nursing Standards are now available!


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

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