Not clients, not consumers and definitely not maternants

Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 1996 Feb;64(2):197-9. doi: 10.1016/0301-2115(95)02286-4.


Objective: To determine appropriate terminology for addressing women in pregnancy.

Design: 100 women (aged 15-50) were asked to fill in a questionnaire using one of the six choices provided for addressing women in pregnancy.

Setting: Antenatal clinic of a teaching hospital.

Results: Preferences vary according to context but simple terms like mother-to-be and pregnant women were more popular than client, consumer and maternant.

Conclusion: No single terminology for addressing women in pregnancy wins all round approval but simple softer terms like Mother-to-be please a vast majority.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Data Collection
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pregnancy*
  • Terminology as Topic*