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Gender neutral and gender affirming language in birth work

Repost from @theplanteddoula_

Why is it important to use gender neutral and gender affirming language when discussing bodies in relation to birth? Because not everyone who gives birth/has the physical capacity to give birth is a woman!

These slides are by no means exhaustive. They are simply a good starting point for simple switches you can make when discussing pregnancy/birth/postpartum topics in general. Everyone is different, and might have language they prefer for you to use. Using gender neutral and affirming words and terms to begin with fosters a safer environment where the birthing person can feel more comfortable advocating for themself, and more comfortable birthing in a space and with a team they feel comfortable with.




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