What’s in a word?

‘Language is important and influential. I request that the Journal stop using (and letting authors use) the term obstetric when talking about midwifery care. Obstetrics is what obstetricians do, midwifery is what midwives do, and maternity care is what we all do. We have to retract the language that physicians and the populace have inserted into the English language that normalizes obstetrics, thus making midwifery hidden, an “alternative.”’

This is from a really interesting debate in an editorial in the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, which I would recommend as useful reading for any midwife or birth worker who writes about midwifery or maternity care.

Likis FE (2017). Midwifery Is Not Obstetrics: The Importance of Precise Maternity Care Language.  JMWH 62(4): 395–96. DOI: 10.1111/jmwh.12660
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