Table 2: Data analysis.

ThemesSubthemes

Midwives’ encounters when providing FGM counsellingMidwives feeling confident and supported
Midwives being challenged by culture and religion
Women’s delay in seeking care

Benefits of own FGM experience when counselling womenSharing a common experience
Changing opinions regarding FGM

Midwives’ views on challenges and problems in future anti-FGM work.Female decision makers
still performing FGM in spite of being against it

Importance of reaching out with information about virginity and religion