LGBTQ+ Agenda: England’s NHS scheme that teaches staff how to be inclusive to "pregnant transgender men"...
LGBTQ+ Agenda: England’s NHS scheme that teaches staff how to be inclusive to "pregnant transgender men"...Follow @KnightsTempOrg
Pregnancy and birth are experiences that are unique to women, and yet English health chiefs are planning on forking out £100,000 on a woke scheme that teaches NHS staff how to treat "pregnant transgender men" inclusively. No. Really.
It could encourage the use of gender-neutral terms such as 'chest-feeding' or 'expressing milk' instead of breastfeeding.
Other trusts promoting similar inclusivity have automated systems alerting midwives to patients' preferred pronouns.
The six-figure contract, posted by NHS England, aims to 'improve inclusion of trans and non-binary people accessing maternity services'.
The cash will go towards training staff and creating resources to help them be more inclusive.
The scheme has already been trialed at some NHS trusts, the contract states.
Other trusts have their own expectations on how to treat transgender men accessing maternity services.
One of these is the University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust, which has its own gender-inclusion team.
On its website, the trust said: 'We understand the extra challenges gender identity can have on pregnancy, birth and infant feeding.
'We will provide inclusive, respectful care to pregnant people and their families.
'Our midwives' role is to support a pregnant person's journey through each stage of pregnancy, birth, and the early days with their baby.'
It comes after it was revealed in October that midwifery degrees starting that month would teach students how to look after 'pregnant people' and 'birthing parents' rather than 'women'.
The courses, which train midwives for the NHS, have replaced references to mothers with gender-neutral language to be inclusive of trans people.
Several degree courses starting this autumn have used the inclusive language on their websites or in course materials.
Northumbria University, which implemented the inclusive language, said: ‘While the vast majority of people who are pregnant and give birth will identify as women, we ensure that our programmes acknowledge that students may provide care for those who may not.
'This is in line with information set out in the Nursing and Midwifery Council's standards of proficiency for midwives.’