BMA asks medical staff not to use term ‘expectant mother’
The British Medical Association (BMA), a prominent group representing medical professionals in Great Britain, has instructed its staff not to use the term “expectant mother” as it may offend transgender and intersex patients.
The BMA asked medical professionals to instead use the term “pregnant people” for transgender and intersex people. The guidelines, published in a fourteen-page booklet titled “A Guide To Effective Communication: Inclusive Language In The Workplace,” is part of the association’s effort to battle stigma and discrimination that often keep transgender and non-binary individuals from receiving health care.
The internal document reads, “Gender inequality is reflected in traditional ideas … large majority of people that have been pregnant or have given birth identified as women. We can include intersex men and transmen who may get pregnant by saying 'pregnant people' instead of 'expectant mothers'.”
Under the new guidelines, medical staff members in the network have also been instructed to call anyone who is biologically male or female as “assigned male or female.”
The workplace guidelines are expected to influence doctors and other medical staff to adopt a more inclusive attitude toward patients as well as one other. Experts have welcomed the move, saying the changing terminology is a positive thing for everyone.
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