This site is intended for healthcare professionals only

Midwives have a key role in tackling FGM

Written by: | Published:

Midwives are key to combatting FGM Midwives are key to combatting FGM

Midwives are crucial in supporting and treating women who have undergone FGM, a leading expert on the subject told an RCM conference on 5 May.

At the conference in Edinburgh, hosted by the RCM to mark the International Day of Midwives, Nina Murray, women's policy development officer at the Scottish Refugee council explained how midwives were essential to combatting FGM. She said: ''Women may not seek out health professionals, but they will when they are pregnant. Those working in maternity services are key in identifying FGM.' She also stated that 50% of referrals for FGM in Scotland were by midwives.

Yana Richens, professional global adviser to the RCM and consultant midwife at University College London, said: 'That relationship is one where women will trust you and talk to you about it. FGM needs to become a commonplace discussion in antenatal clinics with all pregnant women being asked about the condition.'

The Scottish Refugee Council has created a model of intervention for FGM. It is based around 'five Ps'. These are: participation; policy, strategy and research; provision of services; protection; and prevention.

Ms Richens added: 'The more we ask, the more comfortable we feel with it. One of the barriers for midwives is a lack of awareness. Unless it's put onto the curriculum, the knowledge is not always there.'

The audience at the conference also heard how the RCM has helped to support midwives in other nations, with particular focus on their relief efforts in the aftermath of the recent earthquake in Nepal.

What do you think? Leave a comment below or tweet your views to @IndyNurseMag

This material is protected by MA Healthcare Ltd copyright.
See Terms and Conditions.

Comments

Name
 
Email
 
Comments
 

Please view our Terms and Conditions before leaving a comment.

Change the CAPTCHA codeSpeak the CAPTCHA code
 

Most read articles from Practice Nursing Journal

Practice Nursing Journal latest issue and most read articles.

Click here to read a selection of free to access articles from Practice Nursing Journal

Newsletter

Sign up to the newsletter

About

Independent Nurse is the professional resource for primary care and community nurses, providing clinical articles for practice nurses and prescribers.

Newsletter

Subscribe to our newsletter and stay up to date with the latest nursing news.

Stay Connected

Stay social with Independent Nurse by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook or connecting on LinkedIn.

Archive

Need access to some of our older articles? You can view our archive, or alternatively contact us.

Contact Us

MA Healthcare Ltd.
St Jude's Church, Dulwich Road
London, SE24 0PB

Tel: +44 (0)20 7738 5454
Registered in England and Wales No. 01878373

Meet the team

Authors

Find out how to contribute to Independent Nurse here.