ICRH is conducting a study on how to deal with female genital mutilation within the healthcare sector.

There are an estimated 22,480 women living in Belgium who come from countries where female genital mutilation is performed. Gynaecologists and midwives are faced with specific care issues related to female genital mutilation. Women with genital mutilation addressing our health system require a specific approach for medical, psychosocial and sexual matters related to FGM, but also in terms of communication.
ICRH is currently conducting a study on how to deal with female genital mutilation within the healthcare sector.

This includes 2 studies.:
-A qualitative study (on the basis of in-depth interviews) will be conducted to identify the role of midwives in the prevention of FGM (from preconception to postpartum), and will equally identify the means of communication that are used - or could be used - by both gynaecologists and midwives, to provide adequate care to women with genital mutilation.

-Secondly, a quantitative study will be performed among midwives, using semi-structured questionnaires sent to all Flemish maternity hospitals to assess the knowledge of FGM and attitudes of midwives regarding FGM. We also want to identify potential bottlenecks in care of patients with FGM. Ultimately, the study will formulate recommendations to improve clinical practice and the quality of care.
The study is being conducted by ICRH in collaboration with four master students Midwifery. The research team consists of: Els Leye (promoter), Inge Tency (co-supervisor), Charlotte L'Ecluse & Sien Cappon for the quantitative part and Jade Strobbe and Habadia El Asjadi for the qualitative component. The study should be completed by mid 2013.

More information: els.leye@ugent.be

 

date: 2012-2013