Australian O&G staff lack FGM knowledge

An audit of two hospitals shows poor adherence to local guidelines

An audit of patients with female genital mutilation receiving pregnancy care at two WA hospitals suggests staff are not following guidelines and need better training, write local doctors.

FGM comforting

The audit of case notes for 53 women with FGM who gave birth during 2014 at either of the hospitals shows care for “this vulnerable population” can be improved, they say.

The audit found 0.3% of women at one hospital and 2.2% at the other presented to antenatal care with FGM, which indicated the need for midwives and doctors to be trained to