An Evaluation of the Obstetric Service provided to pregnant women with Female Genital Mutilation in NHS Lothian, 2010 To 2013

Organisation : Edinburgh Centre for Endocrinology, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
Grant Amount : £ 15,736
Project Dates : September 2014 to August 2015

With increasing migration, there are ever greater numbers of women affected by Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) giving birth in NHS hospitals. As information on this topic has not previously been routinely collected, there are no reliable statistics on the number of women affected in Lothian.We wish to carry out a retrospective audit of women accessing care in NHS Lothian over a 4-year period with particular attention to those coming from countries where FGM is practiced. We will analyse whether FGM was identified antenatally and evaluate the maternity service that they received. We will also compare the pregnancy outcomes of women affected by FGM with the general population of women delivering in Lothian. By collecting this data, we hope to be able to plan and provide a service to offer a high standard of care.