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Gender-neutral language, a feminist midwife investigates

Wednesday, March 27, 2024 09:25 - 10:05

The contemporary well-being of sexual and gender minorities within maternity is a growing area of concern. Midwives play a pivotal role in shaping the experiences of those using maternity services. However, the integration of gender-neutral language presents challenges, given the historically feminine origins and patriarchal influence on maternity services. Substantial literature exists from the service user's perspective; however, understanding midwives' perceptions is equally crucial. Investigating how gender-neutral language affects midwifery practice and philosophy is vital, as the traditional focus on women in midwifery is currently under examination. A midwife's beliefs about language can influence their practice. This study aims to address a gap in the Australian literature and inform healthcare organisations about inclusive language use in maternity services.

Kim Crossan, Lecturer, University of Notre Dame