We are birth workers and activists, focused on the pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding concerns of women. Sex-based language is important due to sex-based oppression.

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Why We Are With Woman

We are birth workers and activists, focused on the pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding concerns of women. Sex-based language is important due to sex-based oppression. The sex chromosomes you receive at conception, the sex you are born as, has a profound effect on your reproductive, physical and social life. Those who are female have specific health needs and they are discriminated against based on their sex. We believe that confusing the idea of gender…

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Gender ideology: birth and breastfeeding organisations captured

By Robin Jones How mothers lose out when the organisations set up to support them decide sex no longer matters. In the last few years, have you found yourself having difficult conversations with other people, many of whom you thought believed in things much the same as you do? Have you found yourself ‘policing’ your language in situations where previously you wouldn’t have? Have you found yourself feeling astonished at reading or hearing…

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Sex-based language: vital for women’s rights

In January 2022, Sweden’s biggest-circulation tabloid, Aftonbladet, published a challenge to the language of gender ideology. By writer and birth activist Kristina Turner, it explains why she and other Swedish feminists are fighting to retain sex-based language in maternity and health care. With the kind permission of the writer and the newspaper, here is an edited English translation. Gender identity must not trump women’s rights, says Kristina Turner. Removing words like ‘woman’ and…

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Why as midwives we oppose paediatric transition

We are midwives, doulas and breastfeeding counsellors concerned about the use of puberty blockers and mastectomies for girls experiencing gender dysphoria. We care for women in their reproductive cycles and understand women’s sexuality and sexual activity as important; therefore we are concerned about the impact of these treatment pathways on their future lives. We support healthy expressions of sexuality and reproductive choice and think teenagers should be allowed to go through puberty, and develop sexual…

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March with Midwives – Inclusion and Exclusion

Anna is a midwife and part of the With Woman collective. She writes about the challenges facing midwifery in the UK; the grassroots movement March with Midwives; and their exclusion of women who hold and express feminist beliefs. This article was first published on Womans Place UK on 28th November 2021 March with Midwives Last Sunday, 20,000 people, mostly women, took to the streets to ‘March With Midwives’. A grassroots movement started by a…

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‘Men, non-binary, or something else’….No, AIMS. Sorry. They’re all ‘women’. 

When it comes to knowing your choices during pregnancy, birth and afterwards, if you’re in the UK, you need AIMS,  the Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services.  For over 60 years, they’ve pioneered a woman-centred approach to maternity care.  AIMS has always recognised this work as political. Of course it is – if you challenge embedded practice, and especially if you want to make an impact on the assumption women should do…

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Open letter to the BPAS Board of Trustees and Senior Management Team

Please sign our letter to the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) This is an open letter to the BPAS Board of Trustees and Senior Management Team in support of their recent strategy document, in which they explain why they feel it is important to retain the word ‘woman’ when delivering services and championing rights in pregnancy.

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Families do not breastfeed, mothers do…and we need to say so

Madeleine Munzer Sydney, Australia This article was first published in World Nutrition https://worldnutritionjournal.org/ind…/wn/article/view/825 It seems obvious that support for mothers is central to global breastfeeding advocacy. The Global Breastfeeding Collective, WHO and UNICEF all emphasise the importance of supporting mothers to breastfeed their infants (World Health Organization, 2018b; Global Breastfeeding Collective et al., 2020; UNICEF, 2018). Yet increasingly, some breastfeeding organisations, particularly those based in the USA, appear to be avoiding referring to…

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Mothers. They matter – however they identify. Here’s why.

Earlier this month, an Open Letter (read the full text of it here) from a collective of UK LGBTQ+ perinatal workers was published, as a ‘means to have a voice’ for inclusion. This is our response.  We too are a collective. We are feminist perinatal workers, mainly in the UK, with several international members. We view the influence of transgender ideology on the maternity services as harmful to women.  We know everyone who is…

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‘…and pregnant people’ ? Nope. Nope. And all the nopity nope.

Here’s why ‘adding more ink’ to the words ‘women’ and ‘mothers’ still works against women – but, you know, thanks for trying… ‘At least they’ve kept in the word ‘woman’ there,’ said my friend. I’d sent her a recent NCT tweet which expressed how the parent support charity are all for the evidence-based approach to supporting ‘women and birthing people to make informed decisions.’  On the face of it, the ‘additive language’ of…

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