Media Releases

For all media requests please contact (interviews available in French):
Amy Tuckett
Communications Specialist
Office: 204-947-2422 ext. 147
Cell: 204-996-6289


Women’s Health Clinic and the Birth Centre celebrate International Day of the Midwife.

WINNIPEG, MB – May 5th, 2016 – Today is International Day of the Midwife. At Women’s Health Clinic, we are committed to providing choice in every aspect of reproductive justice – this includes the model of care and choice of birth place. Women’s Health Clinic is in a unique and collaborative partnership with midwives in our province as WHC is responsible for the operations of the Birth Centre. Midwives are the only health providers who can help people birth at home or at the Birth Centre. We appreciate the outstanding job midwives do every single day.

“Almost half of Winnipeg’s midwives call the Birth Centre home. We are proud to work in collaboration with midwifery and WHC’s Mothers Program, as the Birth Centre has become a centre for pregnant people, parents, caregivers and children,” said Trina Larsen, Birth Centre Director. “We want to take a moment to thank the incredible midwives that work with the Birth Centre, throughout Manitoba, and around the world.”

Midwives supported 235 admissions for birth and 6000+ pre and postnatal appointments in 2016. WHC compliments midwifery with programming such as prenatal classes with a focus on postpartum mental health, counselling, Coping with Change postnatal classes in both French and English, and workshops in everything from child development to family cooking – all of which are free of charge to the general public.

“For decades, Women’s Health Clinic has been standing shoulder to shoulder with our midwives in support of the excellent care they provide to mothers and babies. We salute all of our midwives, today and everyday, and thank them for the professional, compassionate and thoughtful service they provide to Manitoba families,” said Theresa Oswald, WHC’s Executive Director.

The Manitoba Association of Midwives is hosting an open house at the Birth Centre at 603 St. Mary’s Rd. from 1:30 – 4:30pm today, which will include food and games, tours, and photography. For more information about the Manitoba Association of Midwives visit www.midwivesofmanitoba.com.

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:

Amy Tuckett-McGimpsey
Communications Specialist, Women’s Health Clinic
atuckett@womenshealthclinic.org
Cell – 204-996-6289
Office – 204-947-2422 ext. 147

Download as a PDF here.


Theresa Oswald Joins Women’s Health Clinic as Executive Director

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 WINNIPEG, MB — Women’s Health Clinic (WHC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Theresa Oswald as Executive Director, effective February 27, 2017.

Ms. Oswald brings to WHC extensive experience with Manitoba’s health care system , keen insight into government relations, and an ardent commitment to feminist values . She embodies our clinic’s values of choice, integrity, innovation, inclusion, and social justice. From her seven years as Minister of Health for Manitoba, to her deep commitment to our community, Ms. Oswald has been a visionary leader and advocate.

“We are thrilled that Theresa will be joining us as Executive Director. Her intellect, drive and passion are well suited to assist us in fulfilling our mandate to the communities we serve. The entire Board of Directors looks forward to working with Theresa and having her at the helm of this organization,” said Laurelle Harris, chair of the Board of Directors at Women’s Health Clinic.

As WHC moves forward in delivering accessible and equitable health and wellness services , the new Executive Director will be the driving force to empower the clinic to achieve the goals of our strategic plan.

“I am honoured to move into the role of Executive Director of Women’s Health Clinic. I am proud to join a team that is so clearly committed to providing compassionate care and support, and that works every day to ensure the rights of all women are at the centre of all that we do,” said Ms. Oswald.

Women’s Health Clinic 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. The clinic has a staff of 200, including 80 volunteers, and a budget of nearly $7 million. We are excited to welcome Ms. Oswald and look forward to the growth and innovation that she will bring to Women’s Health Clinic.

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For all media interviews and requests please contact:

Amy Tuckett-McGimpsey
Communications Specialist, Women’s Health Clinic
atuckett@womenshealthclinic.org
Cell – 204-996-6289
Office – 204-947-2422 ext. 147

Download as a PDF here.


DITCHING THE DIET TALK FOR INTERNATIONAL NO DIET DAY, MAY 6TH, 2016
Women’s Health Clinic’s recruits 35+ community businesses and organizations in new Body Peace Zone initiative.

WINNIPEG, MB May 5th, 2016 – Tomorrow, May 6th, is International No Diet Day, and Women’s Health Clinic is launching a new initiative that is encouraging everyone to ditch the diet talk. WHC has promoted a nonjudgmental approach to body size and health for years. With 2016 being WHC’s 35th anniversary we aimed to have 35 businesses participate as Body Peace Zones, which are areas free of body size and food judgment, for the week leading up to No Diet Day. Over 40 businesses have already adopted this initiative for May 6th, and are helping to create inclusive spaces for all bodies. Some of these businesses and organizations include Marion Street Eatery, Yoga Public, Little Sister Coffee Maker, and Klinic Community Health.

The CMHA’s Mental Health week (May 2nd – 8th) coincides with No Diet Day, and WHC is getting loud
about the link between dieting, diet talk, and mental health. Diets often have a negative impact on our
physical and mental health that can manifest in a number of ways such as eating disorders, anxiety and
depression.

“95% of diets do not sustain weight loss within two years and often can lead to increased weight gain,” said Ann McConkey, Registered Dietitian at WHC. “We take a Health at Every Size approach at Women’s Health Clinic, where we focus on wellness. This means we do not focus on the number on a scale, but encourage taking care of our bodies by nourishing ourselves regularly and incorporating joyful movement.”

Focusing on dieting and weight can have damaging effects for individuals and can also contribute to the
culture of weight-based stigma that is prevalent in our society.

“Constant diet and weight loss talk can cause other people distress about their food choices and
contribute to stigma for those in larger bodies,” said Lisa Naylor, Counsellor for the Provincial Eating
Disorder Prevention and Recovery Program at Women’s Health Clinic.

WHC believes that everyone, regardless of size, is deserving of respect and that is what the Body Peace
Project is promoting for International No Diet Day, May 6th, 2016. More information on our project can be found at www.womenshealthclinic.org/nodietday.

Women’s Health Clinic 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.

 

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For all media interviews and requests please contact:

Amy Tuckett-McGimpsey, Communications Team Leader
Women’s Health Clinic
atuckett@womenshealthclinic.org
Cell – 204-996-6289
Work – 204-947-2422 ext. 147


 

Women’s Health Clinic Issues Statement Regarding P.E.I. Abortion Services Announcement

March 31, 2016 WINNIPEG, MB – Today a historic announcement was made as the P.E.I. government announced today it is planning to provide both medical and surgical abortion services on the Island for the first time in 35 years. PEI is currently the only province in Canada that doesn’t provide in-province abortion services.

Women’s Health Clinic, an abortion provider in Winnipeg, celebrates this historic announcement.

“We applaud the efforts of women and men who called attention to lack of access, and lack of choice, in Prince Edward Island,” said Joan Dawkins, Executive Director of Women’s Health Clinic. “Women have the right to safe, legal, and accessible abortion, and we support any efforts to ensure that women of P.E.I., and everywhere, have this choice.”

Joan Dawkins will be available for interview on this issue.

Women’s Health Clinic is a pro-choice, feminist health clinic located in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Since 1981, WHC has supported women through health services, education and advocacy.

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For media requests or to arrange an interview contact:

Amy Tuckett, Communications Specialist
Women’s Health Clinic
atuckett@womenshealthclinic.org
204-996-6289

 


 

NATIONAL EATING DISORDER WEEK 2016 HIGHLIGHTS DIVERSITY
Lesser-known disorders and stigma cause many to stay silent; early diagnosis key for recovery.

WINNIPEG, MB February 1, 2016 – February 1st – 7th is National Eating Disorder Awareness week in Canada. While many of us know of anorexia and bulimia, fewer know that eating disorders are as diverse as the people they affect. The Provincial Eating Disorder Prevention and Recovery Program at Women’s Health Clinic works with adults of all genders and ages to address a range of eating disorders, including the less familiar binge eating disorder.

Binge eating disorder is a serious eating disorder where someone consumes large amounts of food and feels unable to stop eating. While many of us may occasionally over eat, those with binge eating disorder are unable to resist urges and excessive overeating becomes a regular occurrence. It happens for a variety of reasons, like using food to cope with emotions or as a response to chronic dieting.  Often, feeling embarrassed about eating disorders keeps people from seeking help.

This stigma is far reaching, and can prevent those we may not typically associate with eating disorders from getting treatment. While 10% of those with eating disorders are men, they are less likely to seek treatment due to the misconception that eating disorders only affect women.

“While we know that early diagnosis is most helpful for recovery, recovery can happen at any age and any stage.  We want all people to know that they can seek treatment without feeling embarrassed.  In our program we see men and women; people of all genders and backgrounds are welcome here,” said Lori Peters, coordinator of the eating disorder program at Women’s Health Clinic.

If you or someone you love has an eating disorder, please visit www.eatingdisordersmanitoba.ca to learn more about eating disorders and who to call for help.

Women’s Health Clinic is an inclusive, feminist community health clinic in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Since 1981, WHC has supported healthy, thriving women through health services, education and advocacy.

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For all media requests please contact:
Amy Tuckett
Communications Specialist, Women’s Health Clinic
Work: 204-947-2422 ext. 147 Cell: 204-996-6289
www.womenshealthclinic.org

 

RESPONSE TO CAMPAIGN FOR LIFE COALITION AND THE CANADIAN CENTRE FOR BIO-ETHICAL REFORM POSTCARD CAMPAIGN
WINNIPEG, MB – July 23, 2015 –

Abortion is legal in Canada and a safe medical procedure when delivered at designated facilities, as it is in Manitoba. It is also an essential health service for many. To meet their health care needs, people need access to the full spectrum of reproductive health services, including prenatal care and abortion.

Concentrated efforts to create shame and stigma about sexual and reproductive health services, involving scare tactics such as the public sharing of misinformation and inaccurate images, does not help people; it does a greater harm as it prevents them from talking about their experiences and needs and from seeking the health care services they require.

At Women’s Health Clinic, we believe every person has the right to choose what happens to their own body and that all people deserve to be able to access high quality sexual and reproductive health services, including abortion care.

For all media inquiries please contact:

Marian Jones
Director of Development
Women’s Health Clinic
Ph: 204-947-1222 ext.122
Cell: 204-293-6678
marianj@womenshealthclinic.org

 

Oct 03, 2013

WINNIPEG, MB October 2, 2013 – Non-profit organizations and reproductive rights supporters are gathering across the country to “Raise Our Voice for Choice” against the anti-choice organization Campaign Life Coalition’s Defund Abortion Rally today. Women’s Health Clinic is one of the organizations that will be rallying against those stating they want to defund abortion.
“The Defund Abortion Rally is not about money; it is a tactic that anti-choice groups are using to attempt to reopen the debate on choice any way they can,” said Joan Dawkins, Executive Director of Women’s Health Clinic. “Reproductive choice is not up for debate.”

Levels of government have stated that abortion is not on the table for discussion.

“Pregnancy terminations will happen whether it is funded, safe and legal, or not. The number of abortions stays the same, but the health complications in countries where there are barriers to safe, legal abortion increase substantially,” said Dawkins.

Today’s counter-rally is a demonstration that Canadians want reproductive rights, and the anti-choice groups are a loud minority. The counter-rally begins at the Manitoba Legislative Building at noon and runs until 1:30. Speakers include Joan Dawkins, Executive Director for Women’s Health Clinic and Charlene Matheson, Co-Chair for the Manitoba Federation of Labour Women’s Committee.
Women’s Health Clinic will be one of many voicing our support for reproductive rights.

For all media requests please contact (interviews available in French):
Amy Tuckett
Communications Specialist
Women’s Health Clinic
Work: 204-947-2422 ext. 147
Cell: 204-996-6289
www.womenshealthclinic.org