Washington Hospital Staff Demand Rename of the Family Maternity Center to be ‘Inclusive’ of ‘Birthing People’
Science is hard.
The EvergreenHealth Medical Center in Kirkland, Washington, might change the name of the Family Maternity Center because it isn’t “inclusive” because of the non-females giving birth.
BREAKING NEWS: Only biological females can give birth.
The memo announcing the name change idea was sent by four EvergreenHealth leaders. They explained that staff members and patients reached out with concern that the Family Maternity Center was too centered on women. This needed to change.
“It has come to Leadership’s attention from both staff and patients that our name, Family Maternity Center, does not emanate inclusivity. All types of people give birth,” the memo claims. “People who identify as women give birth. People who identify outside the gender binary give birth. People with non-traditional family structures give birth. Not all our birthing patients identify as moms or with maternity care. The healthcare system in general and reproductive health in particular have a long way to go to become truly inclusive of all this variety. How exciting that Evergreen’s core vision is to create an inclusive community health system!”
The memo explains that “change is hard,” but they will host Naming Task Force meetings to discuss the issue as a group. The goal was to come up with three to five name suggestions. But not everyone was excited.
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