The Circumcision Discussion - page 50

I know this can be a HUGE debate, and I'm not looking to start any arguments. I was just wondering as you are OB nurses. I'm expecting a boy in July and not sure if we should circ. or not. My... Read More

  1. by   KYCNM
    So, get a committee together and approach an influential pediatrician who thinks similarly. Go from there.
  2. by   TrudyRN
    Quote from natania
    Yes, we can... but *do* we? Not in large numbers, we don't.
    You might be surprised.

    Anyway, kids need to be taught the right way to live, not vaccinated so they can sin.
  3. by   vashtee
    Quote from TrudyRN
    You might be surprised.
    I don't think so, at least not outside certain individual religious communities, and even then (call me a skeptic) I doubt it.

    Quote from TrudyRN
    Anyway, kids need to be taught the right way to live, not vaccinated so they can sin.
    The "right" way to live is a matter of opinion, and not EVERY religion thinks that consensual sex is sinful, nor even a moral issue. Also, last I checked, there were plenty of people over the age of 18 engaging in unmarried sexual activity.
  4. by   rn/writer
    We're discussing circumcision, not abstinence. That's a complicated enough subject to have its own thread.

    Please, keep the focus of your posts on the original topic.
  5. by   fergus51
    Quote from KYCNM
    So, get a committee together and approach an influential pediatrician who thinks similarly. Go from there.

    It's actually the OBs that do them here and I don't work with any of them. I don't even participate in circs, all of which are done on day shift and I'm a night shift traveller (aka someone whose opinions are not welcome). Maybe if I take a staff job in the future that would be a realistic option for me. Fortunately our NICu doesn't do too many anyways. Most are in newborn
  6. by   rn/writer
    In hospitals around here OBs do the circs. The reasoning is that they are trained surgeons and most peds are not. Just recently, someone told me that this is a regional thing and that in some parts of the country, peds do them.

    Anyone care to comment?
  7. by   templern
    I work in OB. I have to say that most of the time when babies cry during their circs, it is from having their legs strapped down, not from the procedure itself. If the doc knows what he's doing, the pain is kept to a minimum (if they are using lidocaine, they only appear to feel the injection). I personally don't have a strong opinion in either direction, but my husband does. He is not circumcised, and he STRONGLY feels that it should be done. He says that other than immediately after showering, he feels dirty. He also says it is overly sensitive (not in a good way).
  8. by   ElvishDNP
    Where I work now, OBs do the circs. Where I had my son, it was peds. One hospital is about 50 miles away from the other. I don't know what accounts for the difference.

    If I were to have it done, I'd want a pediatrician, but that's just me. Guess that's a little OT, since we didn't do it at all.
  9. by   KYCNM
    Quote from rn/writer
    In hospitals around here OBs do the circs. The reasoning is that they are trained surgeons and most peds are not. Just recently, someone told me that this is a regional thing and that in some parts of the country, peds do them.

    Anyone care to comment?
    My experience is varied. Some OBs don't like to do circs and so the pediatricians do them. Some pediatricians counsel that circ is not needed and then the OB doesn't "have" to do it.

    IF hospitals would accept the guidelines for performance of circumcision that clearly outlines what makes the procedure less painful (not strapping infant in a holder [use a soft blanket and caring assistant to restrain]; use soothies [sucrose on pacifier]; place infant in warmer during procedure, not in a cold "procedure room"; EMLA cream or xylocaine penile block; and finally, if the person performing the procedure is gentle, it helps). The article documenting the effectiveness of these interventions has been listed earlier.
  10. by   GI Jane
    Hi, Can any American nurses explain to me why new born baby boys are circumcised in USA. As a British nurse i am appauled at this barbaric behaviour. Jane
  11. by   TheCommuter
    Circumcision is barbaric in your opinion only. In my opinion, circumcision is safe, more sanitary in the long run, facilitates easier urogenital cleaning, and reduces the risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases when the baby boy grows into a sexually-active adult male. I don't know about you, but I certainly think that smegma is nasty, smelly, and unappetizing. Uncircumcized males produce plenty of this smegma, whereas the circumcized men don't.
  12. by   leslie :-D
    Quote from TheCommuter
    Circumcision is barbaric in your opinion only. In my opinion, circumcision is safe, more sanitary in the long run, facilitates easier urogenital cleaning, and reduces the risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases when the baby boy grows into a sexually-active adult male. I don't know about you, but I certainly think that smegma is nasty, smelly, and unappetizing. Uncircumcized males produce plenty of this smegma, whereas the circumcized men don't.
    ew.........
    smegmaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

    seriously commuter, is this true?
    that uncircumcised males do produce this excess?
    i never knew that.
    both my hubbies have been circ'd.

    leslie
  13. by   firstyearstudent
    Quote from GI Jane
    Hi, Can any American nurses explain to me why new born baby boys are circumcised in USA. As a British nurse i am appauled at this barbaric behaviour. Jane
    I am personally opposed to circumcision and, as a nurse, would not assist in a circumcision of a child unless there were what I consider legitimate medical reasons (the extremely limited evidence that it might help prevent the spread of AIDS in first world countries would not qualify). I also believe it is barbaric and I, too, am appauled. I did not circumcize my two sons, despite the fact that they will not now be able to convert to Judaism, which is their Jewish father's wish.

    However, I have conflicting feelings about whether it should be illegal since it is a strongly ingrained religious and cultural practice.

    I am reluctant to encourage a circumcision debate on this board, especially given that this is your first post. There are plenty of places on the Internet where circumcision in the U.S. is debated heatedly and I am sure you could find an answer to your question there.
    Last edit by firstyearstudent on Nov 7, '07

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