Journal of Student Nursing Research


This paper provides current information about female genital mutilation (FGM) and reinfibulation so that health providers can make informed decisions about obstetric treatment of women with history of FGM. A review of literature is conducted, revealing extensive health risks of reinfibulation in obstetric patients and discontent and concerns within sub-Saharan African populations related to genital cutting practices. Suggestions for change in current management of patients with history of genital cutting are offered, including extensive counseling and education of the patient. The paper concludes that the healthcare provider must remain sensitive to patients' needs and concerns about FGM in order to devise a solution for moving forward with their obstetric care.