We’re publishing stories from across Canada on our Community Story Blog to build a public body of evidence of the issues that patients, families, and professionals face today.
- You can choose to remain anonymous
- Your email and information remain private and confidential
- Submissions from across Canada are now welcome
- You are encouraged to share both the negative and positive parts of your experiences, or to compare different care experiences you’ve had.
- Only your answers will be shared, not the questions themselves, so consider paraphrasing the questions in your answers
- There are prompts below some questions below to help with your writing process, but please share as much or as little as you’d like!
- If you require accessibility support in order to share your story, or would prefer not to use the submission form, please email email@example.com
- Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about the project
If you are a doula, birth worker, midwife, nurse, doctor, student, therapist, or other healthcare professional with a story to share, scroll down to the second submission form.
Submission Form for Patients
The Community Story Blog is now welcoming submissions from doulas, birth workers, midwives, nurses, doctors, students, therapists, and other healthcare professionals who wish to speak up about experiences and issues that impact their work or their clients.
Whether you’d like to share your experiences providing great care against all odds, blow the whistle on abuse you’ve witnessed, share an open letter to a specific organization, or discuss wider systemic issues, this space is for you!
Submissions broadly related to reproductive healthcare are all encouraged. Some ideas include:
- What does respectful care mean to you? What does it look like in your community?
- What fuels mistreatment, neglect, discrimination, and abuse in reproductive healthcare?
- What issues of funding, access, training, culture and policy are relevant to your practice?
- Where do you hold hope for change? What existing projects are worth celebrating?
Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for more story suggestions.
If you have an idea, chances are it’s welcome on the blog!
Submission Form for Professionals
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 Crisis Services Canada line 1-833-456-4566 (24/7) or text 45645 (4pm-12am)
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