Routine Infant Circumcision: Know the Whole Story

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When considering this procedure it’s so important to make sure that you get all the facts. Mainstream media, many western medical professionals and several websites that come up from a general online search of this subject will only provide common misinformation reinforcing myths that are accepted in our society as truth.

This is why I have compiled a ton of helpful links that speak directly about the risks, dangers and long-term effects of this surgery in one convenient spot, for anyone looking to become FULLY INFORMED on this issue. I have also included relevant links that address some of the arguments based on religion, along with personal stories and experiences from informed doctors and nurses.

Circumcision will impact your child for the rest of his life and could cause serious complication or death; it is definitely worth the time it will take you to do the research before giving your consent. Please review the following:

Are you fully informed? http://www.drmomma.org/2010/01/are-you-fully-informed.html

A video of an actual circumcision (PLEASE watch this first if you are considering this surgery for your child): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDuDhkiDdns

A link to a class action suite against circumcision with a ton of statements from MEN who have been affected by this procedure: http://www.sueeasy.com/class_action_detail.php?case_id=258

A slide show on the medicalization of circumcision: http://www.icgi.org/medicalization/

An article on circumcision written by our admin Kristen: http://www.mothering.com/community/a/to-not-circumcise-or-to-not-circumcise-there-is-no-question

Blog on the vulnerability of men and why some circumcised men have trouble accepting anything is wrong: http://www.udonet.com/circumcision/vincent/vulnerability_of_men.html

Circumcision and pain:

Response to circumcision with anesthesia: http://cpj.sagepub.com/content/25/8/412.abstract

http://www.cirp.org/library/pain/

http://www.circumstitions.com/Pain.html

http://www.drmomma.org/2011/04/is-pain-of-circumcision-truly-brief.html

Circumcision causes permanent brain damage– study ends early CNN: http://www.drmomma.org/2009/10/mri-studies-brain-permanently-altered.html

The important functions of the foreskin:

Immunological and protective functions of the foreskin: http://intactipedia.org/index.php?title=Immunological_and_Protective_Function_of_the_Foreskin

More on the very important functions of the foreskin: http://www.drmomma.org/2009/09/functions-of-foreskin-purposes-of.html

Sex as nature intended it (make sure you check out all 10 slides): http://www.sexasnatureintendedit.com/

Foreskin sexual function: http://www.cirp.org/library/sex_function/

Differences between the intact and circumcised penis: http://www.drmomma.org/2011/08/intact-or-circumcised-significant.html

Very not-safe-for-work intact vs. cut images: http://momsnotbombs.blogspot.com/2012/03/difference-between-intact-cut.html

Death from circumcision:

Over 100 baby boys die every year from circumcision in the US (a newborn baby is in a state of critical hemorrhage from a loss of just 1 ounce of blood): http://www.drmomma.org/2010/05/death-from-circumcision.html

Another article that addresses the 100+ infant deaths that occur every year in the US from circumcision: http://www.icgi.org/2010/04/infant-circumcision-causes-100-deaths-each-year-in-us/

Midwife Gloria Lemay’s notes on specific circumcision deaths known to the public: http://www.glorialemay.com/blog/?p=581

John V. Geisheker, J.D., LL.M., Executive Director of Doctors Opposing Circumcision discusses why circumcision accidents and deaths are underreported: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaWiBzZYG9Y&feature=youtu.be

More on circumcision death written by our admin Kristen: http://motherwiselife.org/2013/03/09/the-first-rule-of-circumcision-deaths-is-dont-talk-about-circumcision-deaths/

Complications from circumcision:

A gallery of BOTCHED circumcision. This contains pictures; botched circumcision is real. There can be many kinds: http://www.circumstitions.com/Botched1.html

Men Do Complain: http://motherwiselife.org/2013/07/22/circumcision-part-ii-men-do-complain/

A botched circumcision and mother’s regret: http://www.thewholenetwork.org/14/post/2011/09/pressure-from-spouses-a-botched-circumcision-leads-to-regret.html

Example of what REAL informed consent forms should look like. If parents were presented this do you think they would consent? http://www.nocirc.org/consent/form.php

Standford circumcision contraindications: http://newborns.stanford.edu/CircContraindications.html

Does circumcision cause erectile dysfunction? http://www.thewholenetwork.org/14/post/2011/08/does-circumcision-cause-erectile-dysfunction.html

The effects of circumcision on breastfeeding: http://www.drmomma.org/2009/11/breastfeeding-circumcision.html

Informed medical professionals’ opinions on circumcision:

Policies of medical organizations on circumcision: http://www.circumcision.org/position.htm

Response to the 2012 AAP report on circumcision: http://www.circumcision.org/aap.htm

Doctors Opposing Circumcision: http://doctorsopposingcircumcision.org/

Nurses for the Rights of the Child: http://www.nurses.cirp.org/

A male RN’s view on circumcision: http://www.drmomma.org/2010/03/circumcision-male-rns-perspective.html

A nursing student talks about her experience being introduced to RIC: http://www.thewholenetwork.org/14/post/2012/07/a-nursing-student-is-introduced-to-circumcision.html

Why a nurse withdrew from nursing school after witnessing a circumcision: http://www.drmomma.org/2010/01/day-i-withdrew-from-nursing-school.html

Religious perspectives on circumcision:

What the Bible says about circumcision: http://www.stopcirc.com/christian.html

Jews Against Circumcision: http://www.jewsagainstcircumcision.org/

When we know better we can do better:

A letter from a mother to her son about circumcision: http://www.drmomma.org/2011/02/letter-to-my-son.html

Circumcision: A son’s forgiveness: http://www.drmomma.org/2012/09/circumcision-sons-forgiveness.html

To my circumcised son: http://www.intellipissies.com/to-my-circumcised-son/

Our admin Amanda’s personal experience with circumcision: http://motherwiselife.org/2013/05/06/circumcision-part-1-uninformed-consent-the-real-dangers-of-circumcision-that-doctors-dont-tell-you-about-2/

My personal experience with circumcision: http://motherwiselife.org/2013/01/30/my-journey-to-understanding-the-truth-about-circumcision/

Intact care:

Basic care for the intact penis (REMEMBER: only clean what is seen! The foreskin is fused to the head of the penis, just like your fingernail to your finger. During infancy and toddlerhood you will NOT have to retract it to clean; over time it will begin to separate on its own, and at that time the boy can glide it back himself. The foreskin is designed to protect the glans (head) of the penis): http://www.drmomma.org/2010/01/basic-care-of-intact-child.html

50 reasons to leave it alone: http://9davids.blogspot.com/2010/11/50-reasons-to-leave-it-alone.html

How to care for and tend to red, irritated or infected foreskin (keep in mind that GIRLS get more infections than intact boys): http://www.thewholenetwork.org/14/post/2011/10/red-foreskins-in-children-what-does-it-mean.html

Other Helpful resources:

This site has a bunch of circumcision related videos and a ton of awesome info on the procedure in general: http://www.circfacts.com/

Several informative articles on circumcision can be found here: http://www.nocirc.org/articles/

A six part series on circumcision from Psychology Today:

Part 1: Myths About Circumcision You Likely Believe:

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/moral-landscapes/201109/myths-about-circumcision-you-likely-believe

Part 2: More Circumcision Myths You May Believe: Hygiene and STDs:

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/moral-landscapes/201109/more-circumcision-myths-you-may-believe-hygiene-and-stds

Part 3: Circumcision: Social, Sexual, Psychological Realities:

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/moral-landscapes/201109/circumcision-social-sexual-psychological-realities

Part 4: Circumcision Ethics and Economics:

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/moral-landscapes/201109/circumcision-ethics-and-economics

Part 5: What Is the Greatest Danger for an Uncircumcised Boy?

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/moral-landscapes/201110/what-is-the-greatest-danger-uncircumcised-boy

Part 6: Why Continue To Harm Boys From Ignorance of Male Anatomy?

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/moral-landscapes/201110/why-continue-harm-boys-ignorance-male-anatomy

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My name is Nicole, I am a peaceful and respectful, unschooling parent raising 5 lovely humans with another on the way. I’m also a doula, placenta specialist, kitchen witch, writer and activist.

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