Midwives and doulas are well-positioned to provide accurate information regarding non-therapeutic genital cutting to expectant parents and have the responsibility to ensure that child-bearing women and their partners are fully aware of the facts on this important issue.
Many midwives and doulas choose to outline their position on children’s rights and bodily integrity prior to accepting new clients. Providing this information on your practice’s website and other informational materials and discussing it during the initial visit with prospective clients is an important step in promoting the health and human rights of children. Midwives and doulas are under no obligation to accept new clients who do not plan to protect their children’s right to bodily integrity.
Midwives and doulas who require support in creating a policy on non-therapeutic genital cutting or educational resources on the subject are invited to contact the Children’s Health & Human Rights Partnership.