Use “chestfeeding”, ditch terms ‘mother’ and ‘woman’, midwives told in new trans policy

Words like “breastfeeding” and even “mothers” are out, as a major British hospital trust pushes a new ‘trans friendly’ policy. 

Midwives at the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust have been told to stop using terms including “breastfeeding” and “breastmilk”- and even ordered to ditch the term mother and use the phrase “birthing parent”.

Instead of saying “breastmilk”, hospital staff were told they could choose from “human milk” or “breast/chestmilk” or “milk from the feeding mother or parent”.  In a move which was met with outrage from women, the “gender inclusive language policy” even renamed the maternity services department as “perinatal services”.

 

Significantly, staff were told to replace the word “woman” with a politically correct phrase “woman or person”, while the term “father” was to be ditched in favour of “parent”, “co-parent” or “second biological parent”.

TV presenter Piers Morgan described the policy as “nonsense” and said that 99% of the people in the hospital would be breastfeeding. He added that this “PC cop nonsense” had the opposite effect to ensuring transgender rights as it simply annoyed and alientated people.

He read a tweet from a transgender person who said “I’m transgender myself, and Morgan is 100% correct, It’s not what the majority of trans people ask for and it hinders our rights, not helps us.”

 

The language changes will be implemented in the hospital’s webpages, leaflets and communications such as letters and emails.

The policy was written by “Gender Inclusion Midwives” at the Trust. One of the authors, Helen Green, described herself as “non-binary “. Freddy McConnell, a transgender man who was born female and who lost a court battle to be described as ‘father’ on his child’s birth certificate is listed as an external advisor of the document.

In 2017, the British Medical Association came under fire for saying that pregnant women should be called “pregnant people” as it could offend intersex and transgender men. Critics claim the trend is a bid to change language in a way that diminishes women in order to suit the demands of a tiny minority.

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