Wednesday, December 12, 2018

What's new in midwifery - 12th December 2018

Some recent things you may need to know about.


FGM

Evidence to End FGM/C project’s Online Database of FGM/CProgrammes.   Provides information and shares a mapping of recently completed and ongoing interventions and research studies addressing female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) since the year 2000.
Female genital mutilation: July2018 to September 2018, experimental statistics report

Formula milk

Disentangling ourselves from “Big Formula” (BMJ editorial)

Overdiagnosis and industry influence: how cow’s milk protein allergy is extending the reach of infant formula manufacturers (BMJ investigation)


Local Government Association

Fit for and during pregnancy: a key role for local government.  This report contains case studies of health visitors, family workers, midwives, social care and children’s centres staff helping families through pregnancy as well as areas experimenting with a new local government role of consultant public health midwife.


Acknowledgements
Healthcare Information for All discussion group; King’s Fund Library Health Management and Policy Alert; Embed Health Consortium Health Bulletin.

Friday, December 07, 2018

My pronouns

Previously on this blog, this, about preferred pronouns.   Back in March 2017, when I posted that, I reported that I had recently seen an email, the end of which was the statement:

"My pronouns are she/her/hers".


I see more of that now, including emails from some colleagues here, and some of my colleagues have badges like this, through the Students' Union:



Back in March 2017 I said:

"When talking about someone, for example, "go and talk to the librarian, and [pronoun] will help you", which pronoun do you use if you don't know the gender of that person?   If you use "he" or "she", that is gender specific and may not match the gender of the person.  "It" doesn't really work to refer to people.   I'd use "they".

But which pronouns would that person want used to refer to themselves?  That is what "my pronouns are..." is about.  Moves towards gender and transgender inclusion bring this issue to the foreground."


I think that still stands.   But why wear a badge?    I might think it is clear from looking at me what my preferred pronouns are, but actually why would it be?    To assume preferred pronouns is to jump to conclusions.    So, that is one reason for wearing it, to indicate what my pronouns actually are.    I think for me another reason is that it might make people I meet feel able to tell me what their preferred pronouns are, if they want to do that.   

Having thought that through, I now have a badge too.

Two resources, both present in March 2017 and still there now: 
poster from Vanderbilt University, which includes some alternative pronouns ze/zir/zirs and ze/hir/hirs and advice on how to find out which pronouns a person prefers.   And this from University of California Davis points to mypronouns.org, which goes into some detail and has "non binary, gender neutral" titles as well. 

Searches for "my pronouns are", or "preferred gender pronouns" limiting to site:.edu or site:.ac.uk find more.