The Reproductive Justice Story Project

Share Your Story

The Reproductive Justice Story Project is welcoming your stories from across Ontario, Canada for inclusion on our Community Story Blog. This is a communal space for stories to be widely shared that might not otherwise have a platform.

We hope the stories shared here on the Community Story Blog will serve as a public body of evidence to illuminate the range of issues faced by patients today, while holding individuals and abusive systems accountable and sparking conversations where they need to happen across the province.

Share your stories of obstetric & gynaecological violence, birth trauma, challenges seeking perinatal mental health support, involvement with the Children’s Aid Society, mistreatment, hostility, discrimination, or abuse from healthcare professionals during pregnancy*, childbirth, postpartum, and while accessing other forms of reproductive healthcare in Ontario. (*preconception, abortion, miscarriage, infant loss, surrogacy, adoption... we acknowledge the full range of pregnancy experiences and all these stories are welcomed)

Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about the project.

Fill out the form below to share your story on the blog:

Submission Form

(please provide a name, nickname, initials, or letter that you'd like to go by)
name of hospital/facility/clinic or service organization + town or city in Ontario if your experience happened in your home, would you like to name your midwife's practice?
be as specific as you'd like (ie: "January 12, 2018", "Autumn 2015", "2011", etc)
share your story
•how did your experience affect you in the moment and long-term? •what thoughts or feelings come up now when you look back on your experience?
were there other factors you'd like to disclose that contributed to your experience or the way you were treated? (for example, your age, (dis)ability, race or ethnicity, appearance, body size, marital status, family structure, religion, culture, sexuality, gender expression or presentation, education, occupation or income source, chronic health condition, mental health or trauma history, or other factors)
many people who have negative experiences like yours do not feel safe and supported in speaking up. What prevented or allowed you to speak up about what happened? ie: did you feel comfortable speaking with your care providers, writing a letter, filing a formal complaint with a regulating body, contacting patient relations, etc.? if you did, how was the feedback received?
is there anything else you'd like to include in your blog entry? •a message to fellow patients ? •suggestions for care professionals who may read your story? •changes you'd like to see in Ontario?
Consent *
do you consent for your story to be published on our community story blog and shared publicly?

Thank you for your courage and vulnerability in speaking up about your experience. This project would not be possible without you!

We acknowledge that it may be difficult or even traumatizing to recall these experiences. We hope that speaking out about what happened can be a tool for healing and change.

Please practice self-care and see our page of resources if you need help. For immediate assistance, call The Ontario Mental Health Helpline 1-866-531-2600 or TRCC 416-597-8808

Visit our Guide to Reporting Negative Reproductive Healthcare Experiences for information about filing formal complaints.

If you have accessibility needs or prefer to have your story transcribed, phone or skype sessions can be arranged. In-person transcription is also available in the GTA. Contact us anytime if you have questions or need some support to get started. 

Email submissions directly to if you prefer not to use the submission form.

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