Words midwives want banned during childbirth

by pregnancy journalist

They are calling for a complete overhaul on the generic phrases used by medics, which they say can add to a woman’s stress levels during child birth.

For example, the old fashioned phrase “good girl” can be seen as patronising, so medics are being asked to replace it with “you’re doing really well”.

Other phrases midwives want axed are clinical phrases like “failure to progress”, as they can seem quite daunting.

The aim is the skew the language to be more uplifting and empowering, with contractions being described as “strong” not “painful” and a “big baby” is referred to as a “healthy baby”.

Empowering and respectful language has been shown to have positive effects during childbirth. Picture: iStockSource:Supplied

My Midwives managing director Liz Wilkes told the Courier Mail that terminology like “good girl” and “my woman” can be extremely condescending to women.

“The words ‘delivered’ and ‘confinement’ are also outdated and even the Medicare schedule has been updated to reflect this, also the university curriculum addresses the need for positive language — so we have come a long way,” she said.

“But it’s time good birth communication was introduced across the board in Australia.”

A study into the effects of positive language in the delivery room was recently published in the British Medical Journal.

The research reveals that clear and positive language can reduce the need for potentially dangerous Caesareans.

It also said that, while respectful phrases were important, medics must be careful not to use longwinded phrases that hinder the message.

Here is a list of more Dos and Don’ts when speaking in the delivery room:

  • Delivered
  • Labour ward
  • You must have a caesarean
  • Poor maternal effort
  • Terminate pregnancy
  • High risk
  • Gave birth
  • Birthing suite
  • I recommend a C-section
  • Not finding it easy
  • Compassionate induction
  • Medically complex

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The words midwives want banned from the delivery room.Source:istock

QUEENSLAND midwives have said the language used during child birth has major effects on the mother, so they are calling for a list of words and phrases to be banned from the delivery room.

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