Female genital mutilation (FGM) clinics

About

Female genital mutilation (FGM), also known as female circumcision, is a procedure in which the female genitals are deliberately cut, injured or changed when there's no medical reason for doing so. It is generally performed on girls under the age of 15. It is very painful and can seriously affect the long-term health of women and girls. It can cause particular harm during pregnancy and labour. FGM is illegal in the UK.

At the Trust we have three specialist clinics for women and families in north west London who are affected by FGM.

All our clinics are staffed by female-only midwives. We have health advocates who speak Somali and Arabic and access to specialist counselling support. The midwives who run the clinics are specialists who have years of experience in helping and caring for women with FGM.

We have two clinics for pregnant women with FGM who are booked to have their baby at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea or St Mary’s hospitals.

We also run a gynaecology clinic at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital for women with FGM who are not pregnant. Women are encouraged to self-refer to this fast-track, midwifery-led service.

Conditions we treat

We treat all women and families who have been affected by FGM. 

We can diagnose the type of FGM and we offer deinfibulation (‘reversal/opening’ procedure) using local anaesthetic.

We also refer women to the hospital if they require or would prefer the opening procedure under general anaesthetic. We also can refer women with chronic perineal pain to specialist urogynaecology services.

Additional information

Education and elective placements

We offer elective training placements within the FGM clinics. For more information please call one of our specialist FGM midwives or our health advocate.

Contact

General Enquiries
077 3097 0738

Juliet Albert, specialist FGM midwife

General Enquiries
075 5789 4186

Deqa Dirie, health advocate

General Enquiries
020 3312 1060

Zuriash Amare, specialist FGM midwife