Liverpool medics have played a key role in a decision to bean Midwives from using several phrases including ‘good girl’, ‘big baby’ and ‘delivered’.
The British Medical Journal came to the decision after it emerged that such words could upset mums.
Experts say midwives should deter from using traditional terms such as “good girl” and instead tell the Mother’s to be that they’re “doing really well”.
Those behind the advice also advise that ‘labour ward’ should be replaced with ‘bathing suite’, but understand that many may see these changes as “political correctness gone mad”.
The three authors of the guide are Professor Andrew Weeks, who works at the International Maternal Health Care at the University of Liverpool, Natalie Mobbs, a medical student at Liverpool, and Catherine Williams, a committee member of National Maternity Voices.
The trio hope these changes will help achieve respectful practice, ensuring that women have complete understanding and control of their own care.
Writing in the BMJ the authors said: “The use of insensitive language can be indicative of an underlying malaise, which reveals underlying attitudes and prejudices.
“It is essential that we achieve respectful practice, ensuring that women have complete understanding and control of their own care.”
Mersey Days spoke to Louise a nurse from Royal Liverpool’s University Hospital who said: “Midwives in the hospital are still adjusting to the changes, which will take some getting used to.”
However our midwives will do anything that can further reassure and comfort women during what can be an immensely stressful time.”