NHS midwives hit out at statement which says sex is 'assigned at birth'

One midwife described the statement as 'offensive' and 'complete nonsense'

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NHS midwives have hit out at a royal college “inclusivity” statement saying the sex of children is assigned at birth.

The statement released from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) raised concerns among some midwifes.

It read: “We recognise maternity and gynaecological services will be accessed by women, gender diverse individuals and people whose gender identity does not align with the sex they were assigned at birth.”

But some have since hit back at the comments, including Sussex midwife Joe Gould.

NHS midwifes have hit out at a royal college “inclusivity” statement
NHS midwifes have hit out at a royal college “inclusivity” statement
Health Secretary Sajid Javid
Health Secretary Sajid Javid

She said on Twitter: “When the RCM start using the language of gender ideology and not biological fact, how can the public have faith in you?

“It is offensive to your members, who do not ‘assign sex at birth’.

“I am a member and I am ashamed to be represented by the RCM when I read this absolute nonsense.”

While former midwife Lucy said: “In all my 40 years as a midwife I never assigned a baby’s sex at birth.

“Placing ideology over biological fact will put woman and babies at risk," as quoted by MailOnline.

It comes just weeks after NHS bosses were ordered to stop dropping the term "women" from online advice pages, as medical advice was becoming confusing.

A source close to Health Secretary Sajid Javid told The Sun said he is worried gender neutral terms risk confusing patients.

Conditions that could be affected by this are diseases and conditions that specifically related to people born as women.

Online pages have replaced the term women with "person with ovaries" in a bid to be more inclusive.