Midwives told to stop using terms like ‘mothers’, ‘breastfeeding’ and ‘maternal’

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Midwives at a hospital trust have been told to stop using terms like “mothers”, “breastfeeding” and “maternal” as part of a new trans-friendly language policy.

Staff have been told to substitute the terms for the phrases “mothers or birthing parents”, “breast/chestfeeding” and “maternal and parental”.

And instead of saying “breastmilk”, they can choose from “human milk” or “breast/chestmilk” or “milk from the feeding mother or parent”.

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust is the first in the country to formally implement a gender inclusive language policy for its maternity services department – which will now be known as “perinatal services”.



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