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A new mother has called the government after she was referred to as “biological parent” instead of “mother” on a health care form.
Sall Grover, of the Gold Coast, said he was shocked by the “alienating” form introduced in some hospitals as part of a trial to upload new baby data to Medicare.
She pointed to the form that asked for “birth parent’s full name” in one box and “birth parent’s signature” instead of “mother” in another, and shared an image of it on Twitter.
“Women in Australia take note: on the form to put our newborn baby on our Medicare card, we are called ‘birth parent,'” Ms Grover wrote.
‘Enough is enough. This absolute Taurus—is exclusive, alienating and denigrating any woman who wants to be “mother” and who is called “mother”.
“I know enough about what’s happening right now with women’s rights and the erosion of our language and spaces, so I know where it’s coming from,” she said.
During an interview with the Today Show on Thursday morning, she said the new consent forms were simply to please fringe activists and lobbyists.
“The fact that this government form said ‘birth parent’ shocked me.”
Sall Grover (pictured) told the Today Show hosts she was shocked by the new consent form, which she described as:
Today presenter Karl Stefanovic said he “couldn’t believe” the form had changed in the first place, describing it as “bureaucratic madness”.
“Motherhood is about so much more than that, it’s every other day from then on, you have your first few days of excitement, being a part of that and then you see ‘give-in parent’, you diminish the role of me to keep her here get,” replied Mrs. Grover.
She called on those offended by the term “mother” to “seek help.”
“If the word ‘mother’ bothers you that much, I mean motherhood is going to be quite a shock. Get help, deal with it if the word ‘mother’ bothers you,” she said.
Today, host Ally Langdon said that as a mother, she herself found the term “birth parent” dehumanizing.
“I feel divided about it if I’m being very honest. As someone who does identify as a mother, I see that and it’s a little off-putting to see the biological parent,” she said.
“It’s dehumanizing to me.
“But I understand when the surrogate is and, you know, it’s not one bill for everyone.”
An emphatic Karl Stefanovic (left) said he “couldn’t believe” that the form had changed in the first place, describing it as “bureaucratic madness.”
The consent form (pictured) being trialled in some hospitals as a way to upload new baby data to Medicare asks for the name and signature of the newborn’s “birth parent”
Gold Coast’s mother posted a photo of the new consent form on Twitter on Tuesday, describing it as “exclusive, alienating and derogatory”
The new mom reappeared on the Today Show later that morning after news broke that the new forms had been dumped.
“Since that interview aired, Bill Shorten, who is a regular on the show, has been in touch to confirm that these forms have been dumped,” Stefanovic said.
“Replaced by new ones that use the word ‘mother’ and not ‘birth parent’.”
Mrs Grover said it was “great news.”
“I was actually just talking about it with my own mother and I said it’s great, fantastic. No complaint,” she told the hosts.
“It doesn’t take a genius to think it should have been ‘mother’ all along.”
Ms Grover (pictured) claimed the new consent forms were simply intended to please fringe activists and lobbyists and said people who complained were labeled ‘fools’
Mrs. Grover likened the title ‘birth parent’ to something from the Handmaids Tale (pictured)
While the new mom received an outpouring of support from Aussies, some pointed out that the word “mother” alienates other groups, such as same-sex couples, adopted parents, and surrogate mothers.
“A form that uses inclusive language is not wiping out/stealing your rights/whatever other nonsense you suggest.
“Why is it okay to alienate other groups to keep you happy?”
“It removes ambiguity for situations involving: lesbian couples, gestational surrogacy, non-cis parents, adoptive parents and many more situations.
‘Using ‘birth parent’ makes it clear and simple which person they need the signature of.’
Twitter users pointed out that the form estranged groups such as same-sex couples and surrogates
Some Twitter users pointed out that it was only one form and that children were not forced to call their mothers ‘birth parents’
However, others agreed that the words “birth parent” were not on the form.
‘Scandalous. Becoming a mother was the most special time of my entire existence. It redefined everything I thought I knew about myself,” one wrote.
‘Let’s call ourselves MOTHER! Cross it out and put “mother”.’
Anyone who sees this on forms should cross out the offending words and put MOTHER in block capitals,” another agreed.
“If there is space, write on the form that their description is offensive to women. This has come about because a small minority continues to be abusive.’