England’s government-funded National Health Service has been told to no longer call pregnant women “expectant mothers.”
Despite caring for a “large majority of people that have been pregnant or have given birth identify as women,” the NHS has decided the verbiage is no longer socially acceptable.
British publication The Daily Mail released the NHS’ official 14-page manual given to current doctors and medical students titled “A Guide To Effective Communication: Inclusive Language In The Workplace.”
The handbook reads, “We can include intersex men and trans men who may get pregnant by saying ‘pregnant people’ instead of ‘expectant mothers’.”
In an effort to “celebrate diversity”, the British Medical Union passed the manual to the NHS’ 160,000 doctors. “I would encourage you all to read and share this guide, and think about how you can apply it in your day-to-day work,” said Dr. Anthea Mowat. “This is a time where we need to come together to support and protect our colleagues and our patients,” the senior executive with the British Medical Association continued.
Doctors are also being asked to avoid labeling newborns as “born man” or “born woman”, as the terms “over-simplify a complex subject.”
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