Pediatrician's POV?

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Fri, 10-07-2011 - 4:22pm

I was curious what your experience has been with your pediatrician regarding circumcision.

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Sun, 10-23-2011 - 8:03pm

"I think this is true in most circles that if you end up with friends that follow Attacement Parenting/holistic parenting, breastfeed, natural birth, EC, cloth diaper, etc more of them are going to have intact sons- or at least be aware and not negative."

Yes, that makes good sense, Jessica.

Regarding the proposed new forum, the neutrality I spoke of would be the intended approach to visitors of all persuasions by the the group itself, headed by the CL and CM. In its introduction at the top of the page, this would be explained. We would make everyone welcome: pro and anti-circ, together with the undecided and those seeking advice on any issue involving male genitals. The only bias we may have would be to encourage discussion from a family perspective, but wider issues would not be excluded.

I don't expect 'neutral' visitors - if they even exist! Though thinking back to the days when circumcision debate was thriving, I recall some pro-circ parents stating that they stood by their parental right to circumcise their boys but had no problem with those who didn't. That's a kind of neutrality I suppose. But it begs the question why they chose to post on a debate board, of all places.

"I think it is quite rare for someone to have left a son intact and then regret it, except those cases where doctors are ignorant and make a big deal out of non-issues, force early retraction, etc.

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Sun, 10-23-2011 - 12:28pm

Sorry, no I may have misread your question -- the moms I know circumcised and now regret it.

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Tue, 10-18-2011 - 9:16pm

Jessica... so you know of some parents who regret leaving their sons intact. Do they give any other reasons, other than feeling the odd one out? After all, the pioneers who first began to turn the tide in the US had a whole nation of circumcising doctors, health givers and parents to contend with, but they stuck to guns without any regret.

As I think you know, I'm the CL of iVillage's Circumcision Debate board, and despite my ardent efforts over many months to encourage iVillage members throughout the P&P channel to join us, it's abundantly clear that debating pros and cons of circumcision is a dead duck today. The same is true at BabyCenter. I have therefore taken steps to approach the powers-that-be in iVillage with a proposal for a new forum, either replacing the debate board or as an entirely separate group. I have the willing support of a couple of our remaining posters (i.e.. two of three or four who post very occasionally, all pro-intact) - together with our CM (Jen) who is currently presenting our case for a new approach.

We are looking to provide a group which takes an essentially neutral stance on the subject of circumcision, offering the freedom for parents (and others) to find information and support from both sides of the fence without fear of exclusion. Support boards are well and good, pro and anti-circ, for their inevitably biased but informative help. But when a visitor arrives with an opposing view they are understandably not welcome. We would make them welcome.

In my opinion there should be a place on the internet for parents bringing up boys in a family environment

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Sun, 10-16-2011 - 2:52pm

Our ped has never questioned circ, we never asked and he never presented.

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Sun, 10-16-2011 - 1:41pm

I must correct my reply and say that I misread the question .....

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Tue, 10-11-2011 - 10:13pm

Jessica, I must say that your reply was a welcome example of the USA's current attitude to habitual infant circumcision today. The 50% figure in your area is indicative of this. It's a long way from the UK's percentage of around 4% - and the drive to reduce the figure to 2% before 2014, but America is finally taking stock of its past persuasive beliefs, and that's wonderful.

I was impressed by the number of American healthcare providers who are now neutral about circumcision. I have read many posts from parents who circumcised but now have regrets. With this in mind, I have a question...

Do you know of any parents who chose to leave their boys intact, but now regret their decision - for any reason? It occurs to me there may be some.

Christopher

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Tue, 10-11-2011 - 9:36pm

Good! :smileywink:

Christopher

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Tue, 10-11-2011 - 4:33pm
It sounds like we pronounce it the same way :)

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Sun, 10-09-2011 - 6:25pm

I asked both a pediatrician I was thinking about using and my childbirth provider(s), who happened to be a team of midwives.

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Sat, 10-08-2011 - 8:34pm

Hi Melissa. My experience was so very different to most posters on this board, I imagine, because in England our paediatricians*

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