UK: The RCM tackles Female Genital Mutilation

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) does not shy away from tacking difficult subjects - even on Valentine’s Day - as it hosts an event on the sensitive subject of female genital mutilation (FGM).

One of the foremost FGM experts in the UK, midwife Comfort Momoh, will be leading the seminar exploring the impact female circumcision has on the childbirth experience for the millions of women around the world who undergo this practice.

Notes to editors
1. The Female Mutilation Seminar for midwives will be held at the Royal College of Midwives HQ in London on 14th February 2007.
FGM is defined by the World Health Organisation as the range of procedures that involve the partial or complete removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs whether for cultural or any other non-therapeutic reason.

The RCM has organised the seminar at its London headquarters as part of its commitment to ensure midwives keep abreast of all contemporary themes relevant to childbirth.

The College’s Education Advisor Gail Johnson said: “Midwives cannot ignore the issues surrounding FGM and seminars like this will keep challenging topics high on the midwives agenda.”

DATE: 2/13/2007
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