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CAPWHN cares about
women's health across
the continuum.
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CAPWHN promotes excellence in
nursing practice, leadership,
education, and research!
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CAPWHN supports


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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.


Stay tuned for details regarding the next CAPWHN Webinar.


FHS Update Webinars

The answers to the questions from the three FHS Update webinars held in March 2020 have now been posted.

Suggestions for the Care of the Perinatal Population – Updated March 25, 2020

The CAPWHN Clinical Practice Committee has updated its suggestions for the care of the perinatal population. The updated version dated March 25, 2020 contains changes to the following sections:

  • Added recommendations for resuscitation
  • Added recommendations for early discharge and follow-up
  • Added recommendations for nitrous oxide

We encourage you to share this document with your colleagues.

Nurse writing notes near sunny windowStay current with the CAPWHN community!

The February 2020 (Issue 2) News Briefs has been posted. Click on the “More Info” box below for the latest news.


Members keep us current with news that impacts perinatal and women’s healthcare nursing. Do you have news that we should be sharing? Send it to our office so we can review and post it. Include an image, complete details and your contact information.

CAPWHN Personal Hygiene Product Drive in Partnership with Procter & Gamble

This spring, CAPWHN had planned a national drive to donate personal hygiene products across Canada. CAPWHN’s focus on Women’s Health makes this important to our members. Women, girls, and trans- and non-binary people with periods and all adults with urinary incontinence need menstrual and urinary products to maintain their dignity and live safely. With limited income, managing periods and/or urinary incontinence can become complicated and expensive. Spending money on personal hygiene products may mean making tough decisions when it comes to choosing to stay healthy and clean or using that money for food or transportation.


“It’s one of the most-requested, least-received items” (Winnipeg Food Bank). One-third of Canadian women under the age of 25 say they’ve struggled to afford menstrual products (Plan International Canada, 2018). One in seven girls in Canada have either left school early or missed school entirely because they don’t have what they need to manage their periods (Always Confidence and Puberty Study, 2018).


COVID provided an obstacle in moving this drive forward. Fortunately, we were supported by the ALWAYS division of Procter & Gamble with a donation of many hundreds of ALWAYS products. CAPWHN distributed these of food banks and shelters across Ontario (due to transportation limitations this year, we were unable to provide more national distribution).


The response was overwhelming – We were greeted with cheers and applause – volunteers at these sites told us how important this donation was to the women they served. CAPWHN plans to conduct our 2nd annual Personal Hygiene Drive in Spring 2021 with a wider Canadian focus – think about how you can support this in your community next spring.


Shoppers take note!

CAPWHN has joined FlipGive, a fundraising tool for non-profits and community groups. Join the CAPWHN team and shop through FlipGive to help raise funds for your specialty nursing association!

CAPWHN Virtual National Conference

September 23-25, 2021.


Registration opening soon!

CAPWHN Excellence in Leadership and Emerging Leader Award icons Annual CAPWHN Awards

Congratulations to the 2019 CAPWHN Award Winners!

Emerging Leader Award: Rachel Ollivier

Excellence in Leadership Award: Dr. Nicole Letourneau


Consider nominating a colleague for the 2020 or 2021 CAPWHN Awards. The 2021 recipients will be recognized at the CAPWHN Annual Clinical, Education, Research Conference in Winnipeg, MB on September 23-25, 2021.

New Career Opportunity Posted – September 7, 2020

Registered Nurse IC
Location: Eastern Health – St. John’s/Carbonear – Newfoundland
Children’s and Women’s Health Program – Case Room






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Find great staff, or a great job!

Whether you are looking for the ideal recruit or searching for a new job, take advantage of the CAPWHN member network.


Link with colleagues for ideas, innovation, problem-solving, career opportunities and more...


Continue learning with monthly webinars, annual conference, abstracts and more...


Make a difference locally and nationally with CAPWHN’s committees, advocacy and more...

Learn more about these and other membership benefits…

CAPWHN is grateful to the many organizations that support our efforts

to improve perinatal and women’s health care in Canada.

CAPWHN Community

CAPWHN Community - Featured Volunteer

Who should we feature?

We’ll feature a different volunteer every quarter,
and we want your input. Email us with your recommendation. Include
your contact info and theirs too.

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Who should we feature?

We’ll feature a different member every quarter,
and we want your input. Email us with your recommendation. Include
your contact info and theirs too.

CAPWHN Community - Featured Sponsor

Coming soon.

We’ll feature a different sponsor every quarter,
learning about their interest in perinatal and women’s health and involvement with CAPWHN.


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