NHS to spend £100,000 training staff on trans pregnancies

NHS to spend £100,000 training staff on trans pregnancies

NHS will spend £100,000 on woke scheme that teaches staff how to be inclusive to pregnant transgender men

  • NHS England put out the six-figure £100k tender to extend an inclusivity pilot
  • The scheme will improve resources for trans and non-binary pregnant people
  • Maternity staff will be alerted about patient pronouns and language preferences 

Health chiefs are planning on forking out £100,000 on a woke scheme that teaches NHS staff how to be inclusive to pregnant transgender men.

It will encourage using gender-neutral terms like ‘chest-feeding’ or ‘expressing milk’, instead of breastfeeding. 

Midwives will also be alerted to patients’ preferred pronouns through an automated system. 

The six-figure contract, posted by NHS England, aims to ‘improve inclusion of trans and non-binary people accessing maternity services’.

The NHS is set to spend £100,000 on a scheme to help improve inclusion of trans and non-binary pregnant people

The cash will go towards training staff and creating resources to help staff be more inclusive. 

A pilot of the scheme was ran at the University Hospitals Sussex NHS Trust, The Sun reports.

On its website, the trust said: ‘We understand the extra challenges gender identity can have on pregnancy, birth and infant feeding.

‘We will provide inclusive, respectful care to pregnant people and their families.

‘Our midwives’ role is to ­support a pregnant person’s journey through each stage of pregnancy, birth, and the early days with their baby.’

It comes after it was revealed in October that midwifery degrees starting that month would teach students how to look after ‘pregnant people’ and ‘birthing parents’, rather than ‘women’. 

The courses, which train midwives for the NHS, have replaced references to mothers with gender-neutral language to be inclusive of trans people.

NHS England, backed by Health Secretary Steve Barclay, have put out the £100,000 tender to expand and roll-out the training following a pilot at trusts

Several degree courses starting this autumn have used the inclusive language on their websites or in course materials. However, critics said it risked ‘dehumanising women’ and reducing them to ‘bodies’ which give birth.

Northumbria University, who implemented the inclusive language, said: ‘While the vast majority of people who are pregnant and give birth will identify as women, we ensure that our programmes acknowledge that students may provide care for those who may not… 

‘This is in line with information set out in the NMC standards of proficiency for midwives.’ 

A spokesman for campaign group Woman’s Place UK said: ‘Pregnancy and birth are experiences that are unique to women. 

‘Phrases such as “birthing people” and “childbearing people” reduce women to bodies whose sole function is to carry and give birth to babies.’

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