Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust has becomes the first to implement gender inclusive language on maternity wards with nurses told to “chestfeeding” instead of “breastfeeding” and refer to mothers as “birthing parents” to be more transfriendly. Speaking about the move on Good Morning Britain, Piers Morgan insisted the language midwives are encouraged to use is actually upsetting and “exclusive”.
“Talking about transgender language, this story on the front page of the Times,” Piers began.
“Midwives have been told to refer to chest-feeding rather than breastfeeding and replace the term mother with birthing parent.
“Chan on Twitter, ‘I’m transgender myself and Morgan is completely correct. This isn’t what the majority of transpeople ask for and it hinders our rights, not helps us.’
“That’s my point. I want transgender people to have respect and dignity and equality.
“I don’t think you get there by telling midwives to stop using the term chest-feeding because it may upset a few people when 99 percent of the people in there are breastfeeding.
“It’s nonsense and this kind of PC nonsense with the language, it has the opposite affect to what you think it does.
“It annoys people, it doesn’t bring them any inclusivity. It becomes exclusive and alienates people.”
The Times also reported the maternity services will be known as “perinatal services”.
“Women are frequently disadvantaged in healthcare, as are trans and non-binary people.
“By continuing to use the term ‘woman’ we commit to working on addressing health inequalities for all who use our services.”
They added: “We strive to protect our trans and non-binary service users and healthcare professionals from additional persecution as a consequence of terminology changes, recognising the significant impact this can have on psychological and emotional wellbeing.”
There was a lot of response to Piers’ opinion on Twitter with one viewer agreeing: “I’m trans myself and legit, no one is asking for this, it’s just companies wanting to appease.