LGBTQ: UK hospital tells midwives to use term ‘chestfeeding’

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LGBTQ: UK hospital tells midwives to use term ‘chestfeeding’

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust has unveiled a blizzard of 'gender inclusive' phrases in order to appeal to the fewer than one percent of transgenders in the population.

The hospital has told staff to use terms like 'birthing parents' and 'human milk' rather than just referring to 'mothers' and 'breast milk'. 

The English hospital made the announcement about changes in policy regarding language on their website: “As part of our journey towards providing gender inclusive care for everybody we are working on updating the language on all of our resources, including our website and patient information leaflets.”

Other changes include replacing the use of the word 'woman' with the phrase 'woman or person', and the term 'father' with 'parent', 'co-parent' or 'second biological parent', depending on the circumstances.

This comes as a row erupted in Westminster over a special maternity bill referring to 'pregnant people' rather than women.  

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust is the first in the country to formally implement such a radical overhaul for its maternity services department - which will now be known as 'perinatal services'. 

The hospital’s new language guide states that gender identity can be a “source of oppression and health inequality.” It also says that the gender-neutral terms will not be used exclusively but together with the original language. For example, the use of  “chestfeeding” will now be said alongside “breastfeeding.”

The UK is not the only country that is muddying the waters when it comes to language and sex. In the United States, the National Institutes for Health (NIH) referred to women as “pregnant and lactating people” in a press release Wednesday. Titled, “NIH calls for greater inclusion of pregnant and lactating people in COVID-19 vaccine research,” the press release avoided using the words “woman” or “women” throughout the entire document except when it was quoting the named Task Force on Research Specific to Pregnant Women and Lactating Women from five years ago.

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