Credentials of Corresponding Author
Nature and scope of the project
Published in 2018, Prenatal and Postnatal Care: A Woman-Centered Approach, 2nd ed is a comprehensive text for care of clients during the childbearing years. The editors asked this author to revise her chapter on neurological disorders for the 3rd edition of the text, titled Prenatal and Postnatal Care: A Person-Centered Approach. Submissions to the text’s 3rd edition should integrate evidence around health disparities and inequities into the text, including gender inclusive language.
Synthesis and analysis of supporting literature
Gender inclusive language is respectful, inclusive, and free of bias. Organizations including the National League for Nursing, American Psychological Association, National Academy of Medicine, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Nurse-Midwives, and others published statements affirming the use of inclusive language to overcome health inequities based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
This author reviewed the chapter on Neurological Disorders utilizing the American Psychological Association (APA) Style Guidelines on Bias-Free Language (7th ed.) and literature specific to prenatal and postnatal care of lesbian and transgender (female-to-male or F2M) clients.
The revised chapter should meet the publisher’s criteria
- Address health and healthcare inequities as related to gender identity
- Utilize gender inclusive language
- Utilize bias-free language
- Incorporate information specific to the needs of prenatal and postnatal care of transgender and non-gender conforming clients
- Explicitly name the corresponding dynamics that play a role in generating specific health inequities
This author edited the chapter text as follows:
- Over 130 terms updated to utilize gender inclusive language
- Chapter expanded to include three areas related to prenatal and postnatal care of transgender and lesbian clients
- Discussion of the role transphobia and homophobia play in health inequities experienced by lesbian and transgender childbearing families
Language is ever evolving, and inclusive, bias-free language involves more than simple substitution of one term for another. The principles of service that promote justice call us to listen closely to individuals as they share their lived experiences, and honor them through our language.
Getting to Gender Inclusive Language in a Textbook Chapter