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Weekly Trust - - Weekend Health - Judd-Leonard Okafor

To shave or not to shave be­fore delivery is the ques­tion. Women have been told to shave their pu­bic hair be­fore go­ing in birthing rooms. In in­creas­ing num­ber of cases, they have had mid­wives do the shav­ing. But now the thought on per­ineal shav­ing (as it is called) has shifted dras­ti­cally.

“For you to shave a woman, you have [wan­dered] far into her pri­vacy,” says Ruqayya Wa­makko, a med­i­cal doc­tor and the reproductive health co­or­di­na­tor at the FCT Pri­mary Health­care De­vel­op­ment Board.

Now pri­mary health au­thor­i­ties are ask­ing pri­mary health work­ers to stop the prac­tice. It came as In­clu­sive Press or­gan­ised three days of work­shop on to help health care work­ers im­prove qual­ity of maternal and new­born health care they of­fer their pa­tients.

In one study in Enugu, nearly 10 in 100 women iden­ti­fied shav­ing of their pu­bic hair by health work­ers be­fore delivery among classes of “dis­re­spect and abuse” they en­dured dur­ing their last child­birth.

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