Hi! I'm wondering if preemies get circumcised, and if so, are all
RNs expected to assist? I really want to work in NICU, but I'm morally opposed to circumcision, so I would not want to be a part of the procedure. I don't have any problems caring for a circumcised baby, I just can't bring myself to have a hand in the procedure. I couldn't even be in the circ room while it was being done. Is it even possible to get a job taking are of babies if you are morally opposed to circs?
Thanks for your input.
Oct 22, '07
I want to thank all of you for your responses.
I do understand that there are moral dilemmas you must deal with in the NICU that are beyond your control. It must be so difficult at times. As a mom, I can also appreciate how difficult it must be for the parents to finally let go of their baby. I doubt if anything in life could prepare a parent for that moment. I'm not saying that putting a baby through unnecessary trauma is right, just that I see their reasoning for doing so. Having said that, I view circs in a different way from life saving measures. I personally find them unnecessary in every way. I have never forgotten the circ I witnessed in nursing school, which lead me (during my first pg) to question and research (for months) routine newborn circumcision. Anyway, both of my boys are intact and problem free in that region. At the hospital I was in (when I saw the circ) there was a tiny room where circs were done. They would shut the door so no one else had to hear the baby screaming. This was what I meant when I said I didn't want to be in the room.
From your responses, it sounds like circs are not that common in the NICU. I'm glad to know this. I'm wondering if this is something that is important to discuss during the interview? To be honest, I'm so opposed to having a hand in it that I would choose to work in another area if I was required
to assist with circs.
Last edit by RN mom of 2 on Oct 22, '07
: Reason: typos, of course!