Scrap £100,000 NHS inclusion course on chestfeeding, say midwives trends now

Scrap £100,000 NHS inclusion course on chestfeeding, say midwives trends now
Scrap £100,000 NHS inclusion course on chestfeeding, say midwives trends now

Scrap £100,000 NHS inclusion course on chestfeeding, say midwives trends now

Midwives sign letter calling on NHS bosses to scrap course that pushes inclusive terms including 'chestfeeding' and 'birthing parent' The NHS Maternity Gender Inclusion Programme will be rolled out nationwide The course has a focus on improving maternity care for transgender patients  But maternity care advocates and doctors say it is based on 'flawed' research  

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Hundreds of doctors and midwives have signed a letter urging the NHS to scrap a £100,000 training programme to encourage use of terms including ‘chestfeeding’ and ‘human milk’.

The Maternity Gender Inclusion Programme is to be rolled out nationwide with a focus on improving maternity care for pregnant transgender patients.

But healthcare professionals have hit out at the proposals, accusing the NHS of ‘ideological capture’ by the trans lobby.

They argue that the push for ‘inclusive’ language – such as ‘birthing parent’ instead of mother and ‘milk from the feeding mother or parent’ instead of breastmilk – could alienate other vulnerable patient groups while taking overstretched midwives away from wards.

Hundreds of doctors and midwives have signed a letter urging the NHS to scrap a £100,000 training programme to encourage use of terms including ‘chestfeeding’ and ‘human milk’ (file image)

Hundreds of doctors and midwives have signed a letter urging the NHS to scrap a £100,000 training programme to encourage use of terms including ‘chestfeeding’ and ‘human milk’ (file image)

They warned the NHS risked harming patients by repeating previous mistakes linked to trans lobbying, such as the Tavistock Clinic’s Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) which was closed after a damning report found patients were often referred too quickly.

Yesterday more than 2,000 people including 297 healthcare professionals, such as doctors, nurses and midwives, as well as hundreds

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