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Nov 29, 2023Liked by Katrina Biggs

Infuriating and saddening and bizarre at the same time. Dehumanizing women and babies by disconnecting babies from mother's.... Sick sick sick!!!

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those pesky women, mothers, aunts, sisters, grandmothers... kicking up a fuss as if they had anything to do with anything... surely there are only about 12 of them on the planet anyway...

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Nov 29, 2023Liked by Katrina Biggs

This says a lot about the writer who seems to be in denial of the importance and respect for

women. Just dismiss them. Don’t acknowledge them, they might then go away and there

will be no need to face and deal with these pesky creatures!

Perhaps this writer sees women as strong and overwhelming so better to avoid acknowledging

them is the solution. That puts them in their place - so they think!

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Nov 29, 2023Liked by Katrina Biggs

Perhaps Te Whatu Ora is just following the lead of the NZ Midwifery Council, who have produced a Scope of Practice document that includes zero mentions of women or mothers? Reading this, I could not even figure out what midwives are supposed to do in their work and I'm a midwife. And while it's true that anyone who has a child in their care is on some variety of a "parenting journey", it is not true that this journey is going to be even vaguely similar for the woman who pushed that baby out and the baby's other parent.

Losing sight of the sexed nature of birth and breastfeeding is dangerous road to traverse. In part, because it dehumanises the relationship aspects of motherhood, which are different from being a father or any other sort of parent. Far from proving "inclusiveness", it just serves to both confuse those who may not have top notch English skills or literacy and it pretends that an adult's "identity" is more important than a baby's welfare.

This article talks about the hazards of additive language: https://lucyleader.substack.com/p/the-problem-with-adding-more-ink and this one clearly explains why it is so important to use accurate language in maternity care: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fgwh.2022.818856/full

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Nov 29, 2023Liked by Katrina Biggs

The latest nonsense includes the children’s book “In My Daddy’s Belly” about a pregnant female identifying as a male. We all know the baby is in her uterus not in her “belly” and got there from a sperm produced by a male.

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Nov 29, 2023Liked by Katrina Biggs

Crikey. This is abysmal. What’s next? Will midwife become midperson?

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