The Reproductive Justice Story Project is an independent grassroots organization founded in 2017, directly motivated by negative patient experiences in Ontario, grounded in the knowledge that informed decision-making, patient autonomy, and consensual trauma-informed care are reproductive justice issues.

We exist 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 experienced 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 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. 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, 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!