Effective communication about pregnancy, birth, lactation, breastfeeding and newborn care : The importance of sexed language

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Gribble, Karleen D., Bewley, Susan, Bartick, Melissa C., Mathisen, Roger, Walker, Shawn, Gamble, Jenny, Bergman, Nils J., Gupta, Arun, Hocking, Jennifer L. and Dahlen, Hannah G.. (2022). Effective communication about pregnancy, birth, lactation, breastfeeding and newborn care : The importance of sexed language. Frontiers in Global Women’s Health. 3, p. Article 818856. https://doi.org/10.3389/fgwh.2022.818856
AuthorsGribble, Karleen D., Bewley, Susan, Bartick, Melissa C., Mathisen, Roger, Walker, Shawn, Gamble, Jenny, Bergman, Nils J., Gupta, Arun, Hocking, Jennifer L. and Dahlen, Hannah G.
Abstract

[Extract] The discussion here is presented with an explicitly global audience in mind. While people who do not conform to the social expectations of their sex are ubiquitous throughout the world, the response to such individuals is influenced by culture in which they reside. This includes in the level of acceptance or marginalization they experience, the ways in which they are accommodated and the ways in which their non-conformity is conceptualized (13). It should be recognized that the penalty for non-conformity with gender roles can be high (14). Where the concept of gender identity is salient, desexing the language of female reproduction has emerged as an accommodation to remedy marginalization (10, 11). However, it needs to be kept in mind that pregnant and birthing women and new mothers and their infants have unique vulnerabilities and also require protection.

Keywordsbreastfeeding; health communication; gender identity; inclusivity; mothers; pregnancy; sex; women
Year2022
JournalFrontiers in Global Women’s Health
Journal citation3, p. Article 818856
PublisherFrontiers Research Foundation
ISSN2673-5059
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3389/fgwh.2022.818856
PubMed ID35224545
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85130474936
PubMed Central IDPMC8864964
Open accessPublished as ‘gold’ (paid) open access
Page range1-12
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Online07 Feb 2022
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Accepted10 Jan 2022
Deposited20 Sep 2023
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