The Reproductive Justice Story Project

Share Your Story

The Reproductive Justice Story Project is publishing your stories of mistreatment and abuse in reproductive healthcare on our Community Story Blog. This is a space for stories to be widely shared that might not otherwise have a platform. We’re building a public body of evidence of the issues that patients are facing today. Let’s speak up together!

Share your stories of obstetric violence, gynaecological mistreatment, birth trauma, challenges seeking perinatal mental health support, disrespect, discrimination and abuse from healthcare professionals during pregnancy*, childbirth, postpartum, and while accessing other forms of sexual and reproductive healthcare. (*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. There are prompts below some questions to help with your writing process, but feel free to share as much or as little as you’d like.

If you are a doula or healthcare professional with a story to share, click the button below to be redirected:


Submission Form

(if you choose to remain anonymous, please provide a nickname, alias, or initial you'd like to go by)
name of hospital/facility/clinic or service organization + town or city in Canada 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 and 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, HIV+ status, history of incarceration, 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, what happened?
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 *
By submitting you give consent for your submission 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, send a voice memo recording of your story by email. Phone or skype sessions can also 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 info@reproductivejusticestories.org if you prefer not to use the submission form.


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