Informed decision-making, patient autonomy, and consensual, trauma-informed care are reproductive justice issues.
The Reproductive Justice Story Project exists to bring attention specifically to mistreatment and abuse within our healthcare system as a result of a culture that is not always patient-centred and does not always prioritize informed decision-making and consent.
We’re using our platform to speak up about disrespectful and abusive care during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum, and while accessing other forms of reproductive healthcare, in an attempt to hold harmful systems accountable and influence change across the province.
If you have a personal story to share about reproductive healthcare you've received in recent years, consider sharing it for our Community Story Blog.
Our next planned initiative, an Ontario-wide birth trauma survey, is currently in the works.
The results of our independent patient feedback survey for St. Joseph's Health Centre, Toronto are now available below:
content note: the community story blog contains difficult subject matter that may be triggering for some readers. please practice self-care while reading
As patients, we are the authority on what is best for our families, but the culture of reproductive healthcare today often deprives us of the right to make informed choices about our own bodies.
We know that when we are excluded from conversations about our care - especially during some of the most vulnerable and unpredictable moments of our lives - negative feelings about our experience can linger long after we've left the hospital.
We know that reproductive justice is about much more than the choice to become or remain pregnant. It's about autonomy and choice in all stages of our reproductive lives - including pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum.
We know there is more to a positive birth experience than a healthy baby. Every pregnant and birthing person has the right to dignity, respect, and compassion from their healthcare providers.
We also know that the absence of respectful and inclusive care disproportionately affects marginalized individuals and communities including Indigenous, Black, people of colour, young people, those living on low incomes, with disabilities, diverse gender expression or presentation, less conventional family structures, mental health or trauma histories, and many others.
Though the medical community is slow to change, we believe that change can happen if we all speak up together!
We would like to respectfully acknowledge that the land on which The Reproductive Justice Story Project is based in Tkaronto (Toronto) is the traditional territory of the Wendat, the Anishnaabek, Haudenosaunee, Métis, and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. We acknowledge the inter-generational impacts of settler-colonial violence and their implications on Indigenous reproductive health, rights, and justice - historically and into the present day.