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Genital mutilation guidelines to help treat victims

Australia is now realizing that when you import Islam, you import everything that comes with it.


Genital mutilation guidelines to help treat victims

Date November 24, 2012

Melissa Davey
Health Reporter

THOUSANDS of victims of genital mutilation live in NSW and experts say doctors are untrained in how to treat them, with many suffering from childbirth complications as a result of their condition.

With an increased intake of refugees from countries in Africa, the Middle East and south-east Asia, more women with genital mutilation are living in Australia, with most in NSW. It has prompted the state Health Department to develop the first guidelines for clinicians treating women affected by the barbaric procedure, which involves partial or total removal of the genitalia.

    We didn't want to be in that situation ever again.

An obstetrician specialising in the care of women with genital mutilation, Greg Jenkins, said it was often not identified by doctors until women were admitted to hospital in labour.

''That's really too late and it needs to be recognised earlier in their pregnancy so the opportunity for counselling and management is there,'' Dr Jenkins said. ''The difficulty is, in the country where they come from, genital mutilation is common so midwives there assume women have had it done and know what to do.

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