Share Your Story

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

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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 obstetricjustice@gmail.com

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Before submitting, please review the privacy policy, terms and conditions

- 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

(please provide a name/nickname, alias, or initial you'd like to go by)
name of hospital/facility/clinic/practice or service organization (optional) + town or city + province or territory in Canada
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?
studies suggest that some individuals and groups of people are impacted by mistreatment and abuse more than others. Were there other factors you'd like to disclose that contributed to your experience, the care you had access to, and/or the way you were treated? for example: your age, (dis)ability, race or ethnicity, appearance, body size, marital status, family structure, religion, cultural group, sexuality, gender expression or presentation, education, occupation or income source, geographical location, language, chronic health condition, HIV+ status, history of incarceration, mental health or trauma history, substance use, or other factors were your care providers able to meet your unique needs? was your experience positively or negatively impacted by other factors? were you the target of discrimination, bullying, or judgement? were certain services or choices unavailable to you due to your location, income, or other factors?
It's very common for people who have negative experiences like yours to feel unsafe and unsupported to speak up. most never file complaints or provide feedback. What were some of the things that 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.?) do you have advice for others who are thinking about providing feedback, filing a formal complaint, or sharing their story?
is there anything else you'd like to include in your blog entry? •a message to fellow patients? •a message to the people or systems that harmed/helped you? •suggestions for care professionals who may read your story? •changes you'd like to see in your community? •what "obstetric justice" means to you? •anything else you feel is important?
Consent *
By submitting, you give consent for your submission to be published. You have read and agree to the privacy policy, terms and conditions.

Share Your Story

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

How would you like to end your blog post? Would you like to remain anonymous, or share a name, pseudonym, or initial? Is there anything you'd like readers to know about you?
Consent *
By submitting, you give consent for your submission to be published. You have read and agree to the privacy policy, terms and conditions.

FAQ

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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