Welcome to The Reproductive Justice Story Project

By offering a platform for sharing stories, we hope to raise awareness of mistreatment & abuse at the hands of healthcare professionals during pregnancy, childbirth & postpartum, and while accessing other reproductive healthcare in Ontario. 

We’re welcoming your stories of birth trauma, obstetric or gynaecological violence, pregnancy & infant loss, abortion, permanent contraception, fertility care, postpartum complications and more, with the end goal of influencing change across the province.

If you have a personal story to share about disrespectful, disempowering, frustrating, unprofessional or negligent care you've experienced in recent years, consider sharing it for the Community Story Blog.

Our next planned initiative, an Ontario-wide birth trauma survey, is currently in the works. The results of our independent St. Joe's Toronto Family Birthing Centre patient feedback survey are coming very soon. Stay tuned for updates!

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 there is more to a positive birth experience than a healthy baby. Obstetric care must be patient-centred, trauma-informed, and evidence-based. Every pregnant and birthing person has the right to dignity, respect, compassion and autonomy during all stages of pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum.

We also know that the absence of respectful and inclusive care disproportionately affects marginalized communities including Indigenous, Black, people of colour, young people, people 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!

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