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FGM: doctors should question at-risk women during prenatal consultations
Doctors have endorsed a call for questions about female genital mutilation (FGM) to be a requirement when they see women from affected communities for prenatal appointments.
Khadija Gbla, a director of No FGM Australia, is due to give birth to her first child in February and struggled to find satisfactory medical care after disclosing she had FGM. She has now been classified as a "high risk" pregnancy and has a midwife to help her with her birth plan.
Gbla, 26, who was born in Sierra Leone, was astounded she was not asked in her first Adelaide consultation if she had FGM, among standard questions on her family history of diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.
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