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… Continue reading Why We Are With Woman

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UPDATE: Pause on £100k NHS award for training maternity units in trans inclusion.

Here’s why With Woman is cheering! If you’ve seen anything of this blog, seen our Twitter, followed any of our growing number of supporters, you’ll have seen the tale of the Invitation to Quote, to train maternity units in the language, and practice, of trans inclusion. The ITQ was published at the height of the… Continue reading UPDATE: Pause on £100k NHS award for training maternity units in trans inclusion.

PRESS RELEASE: Clinicians and researchers urge NHS England to pause £100K transgender midwifery training covering 40 Trusts

9 January 2023 A group of 1400 health practitioners, researchers and members of the public today sent a letter to NHS England urging that the imminent Maternity Gender Inclusion Programme (MGIP) be put on hold.  The letter warned that a scandal similar to the events that led to the closure of the Tavistock Gender Identity… Continue reading PRESS RELEASE: Clinicians and researchers urge NHS England to pause £100K transgender midwifery training covering 40 Trusts

PRESS RELEASE: Experts warn new transgender training for NHS maternity services based on ‘bogus’ research

For immediate release 5 January 2023 A group of NHS health practitioners and researchers has warned that 40 NHS England Trusts are at risk of ideological capture based on flawed research if the new Maternity Gender Inclusion Programme (MGIP) proceeds. Signatures on an open letter to NHS England are being collected by the campaign group… Continue reading PRESS RELEASE: Experts warn new transgender training for NHS maternity services based on ‘bogus’ research

Ideological capture at the heart of the NHS

When our collective, With Woman, heard there was research project underway called Improving Trans Experiences of Maternity Services (ITEMS) we welcomed the news. As a group of midwives, doulas and others with an interest in pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding, we want all who use maternity services to have the best experience they can possibly have.… Continue reading Ideological capture at the heart of the NHS

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… Continue reading Gender ideology: birth and breastfeeding organisations captured

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… Continue reading Sex-based language: vital for women’s rights

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… Continue reading Why as midwives we oppose paediatric transition

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,… Continue reading March with Midwives – Inclusion and Exclusion