The British Medical Association (BMA) has issued new guidelines stating that pregnant women should not be called “expectant mothers” but instead pregnant people to avoid the risk of offending transgender people.
In an internal document to staff, this is one of many phrases that should be changed to avoid causing offence to certain groups.
In the document “The elderly” should be referred to as “older people”, “disabled lifts” should now be known as “accessible lifts”, and somebody who is “biologically male or female” should now be called “assigned male or female.”
The BMA have pointed out that the document was guidance for its staff and not advice to its 156,000 doctors who are members of the union.
The document goes on to state, “Gender inequality is reflected in traditional ideas about the roles of women and men. Though they have shifted over time, the assumptions and stereotypes that underpin those ideas are often deeply-rooted.
“A large majority of people that have been pregnant or have given birth identify as women. We can include intersex men and transmen who may get pregnant by saying ‘pregnant people’ instead of ‘expectant mothers’.”
The guidance also states that terms such as “born a man” or “born a woman” should be avoided if possible.
Recently it transpired that a British person who was born a woman but is in the process of changing genders has put off the procedure to become a man so they can have a baby. Hayden Cross, 20, is legally male and is the first person in Britain who is becoming pregnant while transitioning to a different gender.
Other words that should be avoided according to the BMA are “surname” which should now be called “family name” and words that have a masculine noun such as “mankind” or manpower”. The word man should be swapped with human.