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

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

- 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, please email obstetricjustice@gmail.com

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


Submission Form

(please provide a name/nickname, alias, or initial you'd like to go by)
name of hospital/facility/clinic/practice or service organization + 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?
were there other factors you'd like to disclose that contributed to your experience and the way you were treated? (for example, were you the target of discrimination, bullying, or judgement? or was your experience positively impacted by other factors? ie: 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, language, 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? do you have advice for others who are thinking about providing feedback or filing a formal complaint?
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 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 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 Crisis Services Canada line 1-833-456-4566 (24/7) or text 45645 (4pm-12am)

Email submissions directly to obstetricjustice@gmail.com if you prefer not to use the submission form. Please contact if you require accessibility support in order to participate in the project.


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