For all media requests please contact (interviews available in French):

Kristen Einarson
Communications Specialist
office: 204-947-2422 ext. 147
cell: 204-612-1776


WHC TO OBSERVE DAY OF THE MIDWIFE ON MAY 12TH TO GIVE PROPER RECOGNITION TO RED DRESS DAY

The change begins today for an indefinite period of time.

WINNIPEG, MB: May 5, 2022 – To fully recognize and hold space for #RedDressDay on Thursday, May 5th, the Women’s Health Clinic (WHC) will now and forever recognize International Day of the Midwife, which also takes place on May 5th, on May 12th.
WHC has put forward a recommendation to the Midwives Association of Manitoba to permanently change the date recognizing International Day of the Midwife in Manitoba to May 12th.

On this day – and every day – we stand in solidarity with Indigenous peoples and join the call to speak out and to take meaningful action to stop the violence experienced by Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people, wherever they may live.

We also remember and honour the people – far too many generations of people – who have lost their lives to colonial, gender-based violence. We carry their memories and the grief of their families and communities with us as we act to answer the calls for Reconciliation.

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ABOUT ODE’IMIN:
Located at 603 St. Mary’s Road, Ode’imin (previously known as The Birth Centre) offers programs and services for pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting so you and your family feel safe, respected, and supported. You don’t have to birth at Ode’imin to access our workshops or parenting courses. Our wide variety of programs and services are available to the public, including prenatal classes and care, birthing at Ode’imin, and groups/workshops for parents.

Ode’imin is the Ojibwa word for strawberry, and the teaching associated with it is “where new life comes from”.

Women’s Health Clinic (WHC) is an inclusive, feminist community health clinic in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Since 1981, WHC has provided accessible woman-centred education and services, created strategic partnerships and advocated for system change.

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Kristen Einarson
Senior Communications Specialist, Women’s Health Clinic
keinarson3@womenshealthclinic.org
204-612-1776


WHC INTRODUCES ONLINE INTAKE FORM FOR ABORTION SERVICES

Online form is available to access immediately on WHC’s website.

WINNIPEG, MB: May 4, 2022 – Women’s Health Clinic (WHC) has developed an online intake form for abortion services, available immediately. This form streamlines the intake process for clients and staff alike, which is game-changing in a time when the COVID-19 pandemic is causing staff shortages.

Before the online intake form was introduced, clients had to leave a voicemail which would get answered as soon as possible, but could take between 3-5 business days. WHC currently offers the only online intake form for abortion care in Manitoba.

“This is just one example of how community health organizations innovate to meet our clients where they’re at, and to simplify the process of accessing critical care,” says Keesha Daniels, WHC’s Manager of Health Services. “This will end a cycle of phone tag and allow folks to access care quickly and in the way that best suits them.”

“In the wake of the news of the potential overturn of Roe v. Wade, making sure abortion access is as easy as it possibly can be is critical,” says Kemlin Nembhard, WHC Executive Director. “This will help increase access and is a huge step forward in making sure we can deliver care to anyone who needs it.”

WHC currently offers both medication and aspiration abortion, and is one of two locations in Winnipeg people can access abortion care. Currently in Manitoba, aspiration abortions are only available in Winnipeg and Brandon.

Clients who receive abortions with WHC also receive free STI testing, birth control counselling, and the option to access post-abortion counselling within our general counselling program or the Dragonfly Support Program following their procedure, should they choose.

To find out more about WHC’s abortion program, click here.

To access the online abortion intake form, click here.

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Women’s Health Clinic (WHC) is an inclusive, feminist community health clinic in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Since 1981, WHC has provided accessible woman-centred education and services, created strategic partnerships and advocated for system change.

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Kristen Einarson
Senior Communications Specialist, Women’s Health Clinic
keinarson3@womenshealthclinic.org
204-612-1776


WHC RESPONDS TO SUPREME COURT’S POTENTIAL DECISION TO OVERTURN ROE V. WADE IN UNITED STATES

Now and moving forward, WHC abortion services are available for anyone who might need access to them.

WINNIPEG, MB: May 3, 2022 – Women’s Health Clinic (WHC) is extremely disappointed following the Politico leak regarding the potential overthrow of Roe v. Wade in the United States. For now, abortion is still legal to access. But the potential of this decision could push equality progress back by decades.

Abortions will happen whether they are legal or not — the issue is access to a safe procedure. The difference between a legal abortion and an illegal abortion comes down to a question of class, access, and safety. Wealthy, white women will likely always have access to safe procedures. WHC continues to advocate for everyone, regardless of race and socioeconomic status, to have access to safe, dignified care as they make the best choices for themselves.

“What we need to remember is, people used to die trying to access abortion. This is not an over-exaggeration – when an abortion is performed by someone who may not be a medical professional, in a setting that is not sterile, the potential complications are many,” says Kemlin Nembhard, WHC Executive Director. “We don’t want to see anyone else’s life put into danger because they no longer have the right to bodily autonomy.”

“The answer to this issue is not Americans seeking abortion care coming to Canada to access it. The answer is the United States needs to create laws that best reflect the needs of its citizens, which includes safe abortion care.”

WHC will continue to provide abortion care to anyone who needs it and will continue to fight for the right for people to decide what happens to their own bodies. North of the US border, we continue to fight to ensure there are no negative impacts here in terms of laws and access. We will support our sister organizations down south in whichever way we can – adding our voices to their cause.

WHC currently offers both medication and aspiration abortion, and is one of two locations in Winnipeg people can access abortion care. Currently in Manitoba, aspiration abortions are only available in Winnipeg and Brandon. Clients who receive abortions with WHC also receive free STI testing, birth control counselling, and an option to access post-abortion counselling following their procedure should they choose.

To find out more about WHC’s abortion program, click here.

To access the newly created online abortion intake form, click here.

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Women’s Health Clinic (WHC) is an inclusive, feminist community health clinic in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Since 1981, WHC has provided accessible woman-centered education and services, created strategic partnerships and advocated for system change.

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Kristen Einarson
Senior Communications Specialist, Women’s Health Clinic
keinarson3@womenshealthclinic.org
204-612-1776


Women’s Health Clinic Birth Centre announces new name after Indigenous naming ceremony

Name is Ode’imin: where new life comes from

WINNIPEG, MB, December 9, 2021 – Today, the Women’s Health Clinic (WHC) is proud to announce the new name of The Birth Centre: Ode’imin (ooh-day-min). It is an Ojibwa name meaning “where new life comes from.”

Bestowed by Elder Flora Ruck and Elder Louise McKay on December 9 at 9:30 am, Ode’imin is the name of strawberry, representative of where new life comes from. The colours it has been gifted with are representative of the four nations: red, white, black, and yellow.

“When the idea of The Birth Centre first came to fruition, it was to connect us all to the concept of birthing, and to the unique understanding Indigenous communities have around it,” says Karen Sharma, WHC Board Chair. “Ten years ago, the Board at the time consulted with community members and with someone who had the gift of naming. A name was presented to the board who rejected it. This never should have happened and for that, on behalf of everyone at the Women’s Health Clinic, we are so, so sorry.”

“We gratefully accept the gift of this name and move forward in the spirit of reconciliation with Indigenous communities. This stops the cycle of harm perpetuated by our past actions and we are committed to moving forward in a good way.”

The Birth Centre has created a ceremonial process where clients can use medicines in an Indigenous Smudging Ceremony in the facility. There are four birthing rooms at the Birth Centre that carry the name of traditional medicines. We are in the process to change these names into our local Indigenous languages.

“Our reconciliation journey began over a year ago when our first Indigenous Elder joined us on staff,” says Kemlin Nembhard, WHC Executive Director. “Through her guidance, we held our first Grandmother’s Circle who led us in the recruitment process for our upper leadership.”

Further in that process, we are creating a calendar of events and ceremonies in collaboration with the Grandmother’s Circle.

“For decades, Indigenous people have had many things taken away from them. Today’s ceremony reclaims this space,” says Louise McKay, WHC Elder.

ABOUT THE BIRTH CENTRE:

Located at 603 St. Mary’s Road, The Birth Centre offers programs and services for pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting so you and your family feel safe, respected, and supported. You don’t have to birth at the

Birth Centre to access our workshops or parenting courses. Our wide variety of programs and services are available to the public, including prenatal classes and care, birthing at the Birth Centre, and groups/workshops for parents.

WHC is a non-profit, charitable organization that provides a range of accessible health and mental health services, health education, and advocacy.

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For all media interviews and requests please contact:

Kristen Einarson
Communications Specialist, Women’s Health Clinic
keinarson3@womenshealthclinic.org
office: 204-947-2422 ext. 147
cell: 204-612-1776


Women’s Health Clinic announces Kemlin Nembhard as Executive Director

WINNIPEG, MB – October 5, 2021 – Women’s Health Clinic (WHC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Executive Director to Kemlin Nembhard, effective immediately.

Nembhard has been serving as Interim Executive Director since June 2020. She comes to WHC with extensive experience as a director, organizer, facilitator, and collaborator. Nembhard has taken positive and innovative approaches with organizations like the Canadian Federation of Students, The Canadian Women’s Health Network, and the Daniel McIntyre/St. Matthews Community Organization. Her involvement as a board member of community organizations includes SEED, Herizons Magazine, and WHC (1996-1999 / 2006-2008).

“Through Kemlin’s extensive leadership experience, vision for WHC and the incredible work she has done over the past year to help maintain the Clinic’s operations through this difficult period, we know Kemlin is well positioned to help steer us into the future,” says WHC Board Chair Karen Sharma. “We are so grateful she agreed to take on the position on a long-term basis.”

With the clinic’s permanent Executive Director in place, the focus is on the future of the organization. The clinic is moving forward with a new strategic planning process to shape the future, while celebrating the milestone of 40 years in advocating for community health.

“I am thrilled to continue working with WHC to shape its next chapter,” says Kemlin Nembhard.

WHC is a non-profit, charitable organization that provides a range of accessible health and mental health services, health education, and advocacy.

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For all media interviews and requests please contact:

Kristen Einarson
Communications Specialist, Women’s Health Clinic
keinarson3@womenshealthclinic.org
office: 204-947-2422 ext. 147
cell: 204-612-1776