We would like to apologise that women are not mentioned in our recent safer sleeping guidance. This was a huge oversight on our part, especially as we are committed as an organisation to ensure that women are never erased from the narrative around pregnancy & birth. @millihill
I'm not going to gush and thank you for something as basic as using the word woman in relation to pregnancy and birth. You need to give a lot of thought to how your relationship with stonewall is blinding you to reality.
Really glad to see this. Now will you please dissociate from Stonewall and other orgs who are actively campaigning to remove women's sex based rights, as well as words "woman" and "mother" from healthcare and policy?
I find it bizarre that we have reached the point that I am so relieved that the RCM is prepared to use the word woman in relation to pregnancy and childbirth but here we are. Thank you for listening to women who do not wish our words to be erased. Well done @millihill.
Really impressed that the RCM have apologised here and are addressing this thoughtfully. Thank you @midwivesRCM for listening to women, you will have just gone up in many many people's estimation, including mine.
It is utterly bizarre that the Royal College of MIDWIVES would leave out the words woman and women when talking about anything they do. It's good you've done this but deeply troubling that you ever allowed such institutional capture by misogyny to allow this to happen at all.
Women must in their daily lives be vigilant against so many threats due to the reality of their biology. That burden is now magnified by the threat of linguistic and institutional erasure, and it is both tragic and suspicious that in this they must be vigilant even against you.
Thank you for listening. I do have to say though, that to write this policy without using words for women and mothers must have taken a great deal of effort, I’m not sure it can be excused as an oversight. But thank you, we look forward to seeing the revised version. 🙏
"This was a huge oversight on our part" - can you confirm that it was just an oversight? It strikes me that it would take considerable effort (and linguistic acrobatics) to not mention women in such a document. Was it written with Stonewall's Index in mind?
On behalf of all of us at With Woman thank you RCM for your understanding of the need for clear safe postnatal advice. In the postnatal period particularly gender neutral language is unclear and confusing and can lead to unsafe practice. #SexMatters#WeAreWithWoman
What is happening?! This is a really good apology, we need to keep pushing back on things like this where people think they’re doing the “kind” thing to completely change language around real topics like giving birth to be “inclusive” without even thinking about what that means.
Thank you. As someone who has given birth on numerous occasions, I prefer to be called woman or mother. I have no objection to additional terms being used for people who can bear young who don’t want to be called these, but that’s all I want to be called. Thank you
El Colegio Oficial de Matronas de UK se disculpa por la publicación de una guía en la que no se utilizó la palabra "mujer", procediendo a su retirada y mostrando su compromiso para que "las mujeres nunca sean borradas de las narrativas referidas al embarazo y el parto" BRAVO!👏👏
Thank you. I've rarely felt more vulnerable than in connection with pregnancy/childbirth (miscarriages, difficult labour, birth injury, maternity discrimination) and it's really important to acknowledge that these are women's experiences
Really good to see this. Now will you please dissociate from Stonewall and other orgs who are actively campaigning to remove women's sex based rights, as well as words "woman" and "mother" from healthcare and policy?
Women rely on you at their most vulnerable, erasing us is cruel. Thank you for making the change on safer sleeping, please ensure that women are centred in all of your guidance. Thank you @millihill for standing up to this.
A huge oversight? Oversight? Really? You didn’t notice? It was entirely intentional on your part because of the relationship you have with the hate group Stonewall. It’s good that you’ve now withdrawn it, but don’t try to minimise this as an ‘oversight’.
Thank you @MidwivesRCM. Advice regarding safe sleeping to postnatal mothers is different than for advice for other postnatal people such as fathers and care professionals. Breastfeeding mothers can safely co-sleep. Fathers less so. #SexMatters#WeAreWithWoman
This is what happens when our services are indoctrinated by gender activists rather than experts. Well done RCoMs for realising the error. I hope other services & institutions respond accordingly. #WomenMatter
We shouldn’t be thanking them for acknowledging their ‘oversight’ but fuming at their idiocy in the first place. As if the guidance hadn’t been read and approved by numerous people. It was only when women got angry that they realised their ‘mistake’. It’s not good enough.
ood to see but it would be better to know you're re-evaluating your role in educating and organising professionals so deeply involved in crucial stages in the lives of women as pregnancy, birth and post-labour. Do please start by distancing yourselves from Stonewall et al.
How ridiculous that it ever got to the stage, that the Royal College of Midwives ,removed the word woman from any publications. It’s even more ridiculous that women are thanking them for seeing their error and amending . I absolutely despair at this nonsense! 🤦🏻♀️
Oversight? Missing the words ‘woman’ ‘women’ & ‘mother’ in publications intended for women is spectacularly odd given who/what you are & who you exist for. Have you been Stonewalled by any chance? That’s how words such as ‘women’ came to be ‘missing’ ? Care to explain?
"Quisiéramos disculparnos xq en nuestra reciente guía sobre el sueño seguro no se mencionaba a la mujer. Gran gran descuido x nuestra parte, q estamos comprometidos como organización a garantizar q las mujeres nunca sean borradas d la narrativa sobre embarazo y parto. @millihill"