The Defeatist Language of Women's Health, Pregnancy and Birth


Untrained pelvis

Failure to progress

Failed IVF cycle

Geriatric/ Elderly mother (from 35 years onwards!)


Incompetent cervix


Take a moment to read these words. Notice how your body reacts? Imagine these words being written about a woman, in her file or a letter to her doctor.

Words have power.

We need to find ways of ticking the medico-legal boxes without reducing a woman’s body to simply something physical and dysfunctional.

The human body is nothing short of miraculous.

Women are emotional, physical, spiritual, creative, powerful, sensitive, vulnerable, strong, tender, and wise. Let’s find a way for conscious language that reflects the whole woman.