We are committed to using written and oral language that is inclusive and straightforward. In communicating, we also seek to elevate the voices of the communities we serve by using terms and language that are rooted in communities’ strengths.
Specific to the maternal & child health populations, we commit to acknowledge that the state of being pregnant, the act of giving birth or otherwise ending a pregnancy, and the act of parenting and caregiving are inclusive of all genders. Furthermore, we acknowledge that intersections of oppression matter, in that a person with multiple dimensions of oppression (racism, classism, gender identity, ableism, national origins, etc.) likely face additional, more complex barriers to receiving high-quality, timely care and services. To the extent that is possible, we use the term “pregnant and postpartum individuals, persons, or people” or “new and expectant parents'' in the communication products for which we have direct responsibility.
If you would like to contribute to the developing statement, please share your thoughts through this 1-question survey. We acknowledge that in this newsletter we often share items developed by other organizations that may reflect more gendered language.
Apply to Join Colorado's Maternal Mortality Review Committee
Colorado's Maternal Mortality Review Committee is currently accepting applications for membership! Applications will close on August 15, 2021. Please note that while the MMRC is currently looking to fill a few specific roles, we are always willing to partner with interested stakeholders. All interested parties are encouraged to apply and disseminate widely. Please submit any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.