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September, 2016
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21
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45
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This article proposes that watching our words can raise awareness of how the language we choose perpetuates society’s paradigms or empowers women to give birth more naturally and babies to be welcomed more gently.

Abstract: 

The majority of practitioners in the field of pre and perinatal psychology would likely agree that in order for society to change prevalent negative beliefs about pregnancy and childbirth there needs to a paradigm shift in the use of negative language as it refers to pregnancy and childbirth. This article proposes that watching our words can raise awareness of how the language we choose perpetuates society’s paradigms or empowers women to give birth more naturally and babies to be welcomed more gently.

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