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U.K. Hospitals Push ‘Trans-Friendly’ Language: Chest-Feeding, Birthing Parent, Human Milk

(Screenshot, Charlotte Observer)

(Screenshot, Charlotte Observer)

(CNS News) — The Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust in England announced on Feb. 8 that they were instructing nurses and midwives to use “gender inclusive language” in their maternity wards, with such terms as chest-feeding instead of breast-feeding, birthing parent instead of mother, and human milk instead of breast milk.

The point, apparently, is to show support for “trans and non-binary birthing people.”

On Feb. 8, Brighton and Sussex Maternity tweeted, “Today we are launching the UK’s first clinical language guidelines supporting trans and non-binary birthing people. To celebrate the launch of our guidelines, we will be posting throughout the week about the work we have been doing to support trans and non-binary birthing people.”

“We acknowledge the additional challenges that gender identity can have on pregnancy, birth and infant feeding,” they said. “We recognise the importance of providing inclusive, respectful perinatal care to all pregnant women and people.”  (Pregnant people?)  

(Screenshot, YouTube, Inside Edition)

(Screenshot, YouTube, Inside Edition)

In a document released by the hospital is a chart with appropriate terms that should be used, including switching words from “her” to “them” or “their.” And instead of saying “woman,” say “woman or person” instead.

They are the first hospital in England to enforce this language and they will be changing the name of their maternity ward to “perinatal services.”

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“As professionals, and as an organisation, we have a responsibility to promote good health. We do this not only through quality care, but also by creating policies and developing service provision that contributes to societal and cultural progress, promoting tolerance and equity, whilst striving to eliminate discrimination, prejudice and stigma,” reads the document.

(Screenshot, YouTube)

(Screenshot, YouTube)

It further states, “It is important to note that the term ‘women’ encompasses both cis and trans women. Professionals should be aware that co-parents could have any gender identity, and could also be cis, trans, non-binary, and/or intersex. Unless conversation is focussed on gender identity with relation to cis, trans or nonbinary status, it is not necessary to include the adjectives ‘cis’ or ‘trans’ before the words ‘woman,’ ‘man,’ or ‘person.'”

For humans, only biological women are capable of giving birth, regardless of how they may “gender identify.”  For instance, a transgender “man” is a biological woman who identifies as a man, but is still 100% female, with two X chromosomes, a vagina, and a uterus. Even if she surgically removes her breasts and has a penis installed, she is genetically still a woman. 

A transgender “woman” is, in reality, a biological male (XY chromosomes), and does not have a real vagina or a uterus. 

(Screenshot, YouTube, Inside Edition)

(Screenshot, YouTube, Inside Edition)