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Australian midwives’ perspectives on managing obstetric care of women living with female genital circumcision/mutilation

Health Care Women Int. 2016 Jul 22:1-14. [Epub ahead of print]

Australian midwives’ perspectives on managing obstetric care of women living with female genital circumcision/mutilation

Ogunsiji O

ABSTRACT

Female genital mutilation (FGM) or female circumcision is a global health issue with increasing international migration of affected women and girls to countries unfamiliar with the practice. Western health care providers are unfamiliar with FGM, and managing obstetric care presents challenges to midwives who are in the forefront of care provision for the women. The participants in this Heideggerian qualitative interpretive study elucidated the strategies they used in overcoming the particular physical, emotional, and gynecological health issues with which mutilated women present. Ongoing emphases on women-centered, culturally competent maternity care are germane to optimal maternity care of circumcised women.