British doctors are being advised to use the term "expectant mother," because some find it offensive, although many are offended at the politically correct move.
Those who argue that the world has become to worried about offending other people have new ammo: a British group is claiming that doctors should avoid using the term “expectant mother” to avoid offending patients. The British Medical Association has released a new 14-page booklet titled, “A Guide To Effective Communication: Inclusive Language In The Workplace,” which advises using the term “pregnant people” instead.
The reason is that the term “expectant mother” may offend transgender and intersex patients. But many are already taking offense to the politically correct nature of the guidelines, and the advice will undoubtedly be used as fodder by those who argue that the world has gotten too concerned with other people’s feelings.
“Gender inequality is reflected in traditional ideas about the roles of women and men,” a pamphlet explaining the guidelines reads, as reported by Metro.co.uk. “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,” it adds. “We can include intersex men and transmen who may get pregnant by saying ‘pregnant people’ instead of ‘expectant mothers.’”
The guidelines also advise against saying things like “Christian name” as not all families are Christian, and instead go with “family name” or “last name.” It also suggests avoiding “elderly” instead of “older people.”
Recently, 20-year-old Hayden Cross became Britain’s first pregnant man. Cross, who was born a woman but is transitioning, put hormone therapy on hold in order to conceive. He achieved pregnancy via donor sperm.