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Midwives apologize after calling new mothers ‘postpartum’ for maternity advice

MIDWIVES has apologized after calling new mothers “postpartum people” for maternity counseling.

Their union withdrew its gender-neutral guidance after an online backlash.

The Royal College of Midwives makes no mention of women in its advice at all - mentions only 'parents and carers' (photo available of midwives)

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The Royal College of Midwives makes no mention of women in its advice at all – mentions only ‘parents and carers’ (photo available of midwives)Credit: Getty

In the guidelines for NHS staff on how to safely put babies to bed, it says: ‘Those who have given birth in hospital should have easy access to the ringer system’.

The Royal College of Midwives doesn’t mention women at all in its advice – only mentions “parents and carers”.

Campaigner Milli Hill issued instructions on Twitter, saying: “It doesn’t refer to women or mothers.

“Instead they are ‘postnatal people’.

“This is despite the fact that the evidence shows a difference in how safe it is if a baby co-sleeps with a nursing mother, or a non-breastfeeding parent.”

Others said the advice was confusing because it was unclear to whom the “postpartum people” were referred.

The RCM consortium, which has 48,000 UK members, has removed the file from its website.

In a statement, it said: “We’d like to apologize that women were not covered in our recent safer sleeping guide.

“This is a huge oversight. We have taken it down from our site while we correct and correct this shortcoming.”

Dr Mary Ross-Davie, a senior midwife at RCM, said: “We talk about mothers, ‘mothers’, mothers and women in this guide, as well as parents. , family, carers and people after birth.”

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