Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Circumcision

In the wake of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) taking a position on circumcision, I am compelled to tell a personal anecdote.

Here's the Washington Post article on the happenings:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/15/AR2010011503106.html?hpid=topnews

I know a physician assistant who works at a San Francisco hospital now in year 2010. Her job is to ready baby boys for circumcision. She straps their arms and legs to a board. I try to make them as comfortable as possible, she says. The room is cold. The babies turn their heads away from the bright florescent lights shining above them. Multiple babies are lined up in a row. They are naked and crying. Then, the doctor comes by and snip, snip, snip, one baby after another. They are left crying until she can get to them. She unstraps them one at a time. She soothes one baby while the rest are left screaming waiting their turn. When the baby that she is holding stops crying, she delivers him back to his smiling parents in the waiting room.

If they knew what their baby had just been through, I don't think they'd be too happy, she says. It's better to request to be with your baby for the circumcision. I don't see those babies and that's a good thing.

Other links of interest:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/sfmoms/detail?entry_id=46066

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ali-a-rizvi/male-circumcision-and-the_b_249728.html
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3 Comments:

circumcision sunshine coast said...

That type of circumcision is the harsh reality in some areas. Very sad and scary! I totally agree with you that at least one parent should be present during the circumcision, that way the parent can comfort the child and also make sure that child is not treated only like a number.

Winkyboy said...

This really does nothing to boost my already-negative opinion about hospitals and doctors! SCARY is the word for it...

Anonymous said...

Excising healthy structures with a purpose has no place in a civilized society. Circumcision is just wrong, wrong, wrong. If some goon came up with the idea today, he'd be sent to the looney bin and if he performed it, he'd go to jail for sexual assault. Such a repulsive, cruel practice.

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