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I was going to say that the rates vary in the US by area of the country. Out east and west the rates are much lower than in the midwest. It looks like we're having another girl, but I guess we would have been the odd midwest couple who doesn't circumcise.
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I'm new here but wanted to thank you for posting this. The statistics are interesting.
We are expecting our son in a few weeks and I've been reading up on circumcision throughout this pregnancy and my husband has been reluctant to discuss the possibility of not going through with the procedure (because he is circ'd). I have very strong feelings about it personally and naively suggested that we watch the procedure on youtube together one day last week.
We had no clue what the actual procedure looked like and I must say that for me, it was deeply disturbing and just not worth it. I would advise parents to check out a video of the procedure before making a final decision (if you have strong convictions about circing, I'm not suggesting this to 'scare' you into changing your mind. It most likely will not sway you from doing it but I think it's good to know what they do). I told my husband that if we choose to get the procedure done, he has to be in the room to comfort our son. I'm hoping he will opt out so I don't have to act psycho and insanely neurotic. hehe.
by the way, this is the specific video we watched just in case anyone is interested...its really straight forward and professional. I don't like propaganda or drama.
The majority of males of child bearing age and above are circumcised here in Australia, yet it is pretty much not even done now. Most people think it is unnatural and cruel, though many men and some women want their child to be the same as daddy or maybe for a religious reason want it done. hospitals are reluctant to discuss it and you have to find a specialist to do it. My son was born perfect in every way.
Both of my boys are. I was in the room for my second son. We are not Jewish, but found a Mohel to do the procedure for us. I took him back and I can assure your it was not Daddy he needed/wanted but mommy. The mohel was quick and had Ben in m arms super fast. He nursed for just a few minutes and was fine. He healed up very well and even his new pediatrician commented that the mohel did an excellent job.
At two months he developed a bump on his chin that turned out to be MRSA. I had to get it lanced in the urgent care and I can tell you he screamed more and was in way more pain during that lancing then during his circumcision. I know so many are against circing, but I have had both children done and have not had a single issue arise from it.
That sounds about right for a nationwide average. Different areas have higher or lower rates. We won't have it done if we ever have a boy. Many of the complications of circumcision don't even show up until later in life, so I have a hard time when people use anecdotal comments that because their child had no immediate complications there is nothing wrong with it. It's certainly something that many parents choose to do and ultimately that is up to them and what they feel is right. However, I, personally, do not feel it is within my rights to choose to do this to my child.
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