QUEENSLAND midwives have called time on medics using condescending and frightening language during childbirth.
Maternity advocates say there is no place in today’s society for using the words “my woman”, or “good girl” or “failure to progress”.
Contractions should be described as “strong” not “painful” and a “big baby” should be called a “healthy baby”.
All language must be empowering and uplifting for the mother.
Gold Coast midwife Amanda Bude told The Courier-Mail language surrounding birth needed an overhaul with all care providers.
“A successful birth outcome starts when a woman is respected,” she said.
“Just look at birth trauma rates – one third of women describe their birth as traumatic.”
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