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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.







Diaper Needs Awareness Week

It's time to plan for CAPWHN's 3rd National Diaper Drive for Diaper Needs Awareness Week (DNAW). The 2019 DNAW takes place September 23-29, 2019. Take a look at the attached flyer for more information, and take some time to plan a collection drive with your colleagues. Let's continue to help families in need across the country.


2019 CAPWHN National Conference - Updated Industry Prospectus and WHO Code Compliance Position Statement 


After much research and deliberation the CAPWHN Board of Directors has approved a Position Statement regarding Exhibitor WHO Code Compliance at the CAPWHN National Conference. Please contact CAPWHN if you have any questions.


The conference program is under development and will be worth waiting for! Plan to attend the conference November 8-10, 2019 in Vancouver BC. Accommodations and travel information are available posted. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.



CAPWHN webinars will resume in the Fall. In the meantime we have posted information regarding other webinars that may be of interest to CAPWHN members.


CAPWHN News Brief

Check out the latest issue of the CAPWHN News Brief - a short update on issues related to CAPWHN and the field of perinatal and women's health nursing. Let us know what you think!


Happy National Nursing Week to CAPWHN members across the country!


Perinatal Nursing Standards in Canada


CAPWHN is pleased to present the newly revised Canadian Perinatal Nursing Standards. The document is currently available in English. The French version will be available shortly.


CNA Certification 2019

New for 2019: CAPWHN members receive a 20% discount on the initial certification or renewal exam fee, or renewal by continuous learning!



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! 


Become a Member today!

Remember to use all your membership benefits including a full 12 month membership term, CNA certification fee discounts, a robust discussion forum, educational webinars on demand, and conference registration discounts.


Learn more about your Board of Directors and contact us with any questions, comments, concerns, or compliments you may have!


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.


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.



New career opportunity available - Lead Facilitator for the moreOB and moreEX Programs - Saskatchewan - Salus Global. Click to access all current job postings.


A few new events have been posted.


The new Canadian Perinatal Nursing Standards are now available!


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

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