New guidance for midwives to identify and support women who have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM) has been published.
Midwives will soon be able to support women who have undergone FGM, which is illegal in the UK.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists published a report by the Royal College of Midwives, that highlights midwives should be fully trained and have the knowledge women need to feel supported.
Professional Policy Advisor at the Royal College of Midwives, Janet Fyle said: “Midwives have a pivotal role to play in identifying and supporting women who have undergone FGM. Meeting a midwife is often the first time that many of these women will engage with health services.
“Consequently we must ensure that midwives have the training, time and knowledge of the services needed to support women through what can be a difficult and distressing time.”
Health professionals are required to record all cases of FGM to provide the best support and healthcare to women who have been affected by it.
“Trusts and other employers need to ensure that their staff have the appropriate training on FGM with clear national guidelines and pathways in place, and mechanisms monitoring their effectiveness. This training should be mandatory and employers must ensure that their staff are given the time for training on FGM issues.