FOI 7387 - Terminology for individuals giving birth

Date: 13 June 2022 to 13 June 2025

  1. In the Trust’s written material, either external or internal, how are individuals who are pregnant referred to? e.g. As ‘women’, as ‘pregnant people’, as ‘women and pregnant people’ etc. Also, please provide this material or link(s) to it.  
  2. If using any wording other than solely ‘women’, ‘women and girls’ or ‘females’, when was such terminology introduced and why?  
  3. Since April 2020 (i.e. the start of the 2020-2021 financial year), how many births in total have taken place at the Trust (including home births if relevant)? Please stipulate by financial year, i.e. 2020-21, 2021-22, financial year 2022-23 to date this FOI request was received.
  4. Since April 2020 (i.e. the start of the 2020-2021 financial year), how many births at the Trust (including home births if relevant) have been to individuals who do not identify as women? Please stipulate by financial year, i.e. 2020-21, 2021-22, and financial year 2022-23 to date this FOI request was received. 
  5. Since April 2020 (i.e. the start of the 2020-2021 financial year), how many births at the Trust (including home births if relevant) have been to individuals who identify as men or as trans-men? Please stipulate by financial year, i.e. 2020-21, 2021-22, financial year 2022-23 to date this FOI request was received. 
  • Request ID:
    FOI 7387
  • Category:
    Trust - Service Data
  • Response:

    13 June 2022

    1. In the Trust’s written material, either external or internal, how are individuals who are pregnant referred to? e.g. As ‘women’, as ‘pregnant people’, as ‘women and pregnant people’ etc. Also, please provide this material or link(s) to it. As written material is developed or updated within Medway NHS Foundation Trust all references to women is replaced with ‘women and birthing people’.
    2. If using any wording other than solely ‘women’, ‘women and girls’ or ‘females’, when was such terminology introduced and why? Terminology has been changing since 2020 but increasingly since 2021 in order to demonstrate language that is more inclusive.
    3. Since April 2020 (i.e. the start of the 2020-2021 financial year), how many births in total have taken place at the Trust (including home births if relevant)? Please stipulate by financial year, i.e. 2020-21, 2021-22, financial year 2022-23 to date this FOI request was received.
      • For 2020-2021 there were 4572
      • For 2021-2022 there were 4741.
    4. Since April 2020 (i.e. the start of the 2020-2021 financial year), how many births at the Trust (including home births if relevant) have been to individuals who do not identify as women? Please stipulate by financial year, i.e. 2020-21, 2021-22, and financial year 2022-23 to date this FOI request was received. We do not record this data
    5. Since April 2020 (i.e. the start of the 2020-2021 financial year), how many births at the Trust (including home births if relevant) have been to individuals who identify as men or as trans-men? Please stipulate by financial year, i.e. 2020-21, 2021-22, financial year 2022-23 to date this FOI request was received. We do not record this data