April 2014 Moms

Circumcision Poll (not debate)

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How many people actually chose to circumcise vs. not? Statistics show a pretty big decrease in the number of circumcisions, but an overwhelming majority of my other BMB did circumcise, so curious to see what the stats are for A14.

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  • I'm surprised how regional it is. In ohio it's just what you do.
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    We planned to, but were unable to do it in the hospital because he has hydroceles (fluid trapped in his scrotum).  So now we're waiting for the hydroceles to resolve, and if they don't then at 6 months we take him to a urologist, at which point the urologist will do the circumcision.   

    So we still want to, but I kind of feel like the longer we wait the less likely it is to happen.   I'm kind of upset that we weren't able to do it in the hospital.  I mean, the pedi would have done it, but said that we might not get as good of a result because of the swelling, so of course we decided to wait.  
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  • I agree it seems to vary by region. We're in CO and everyone I know with a son has had him circ'd.

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  • I answered for kiddo, who is circumcised. I'd say probably 80% of my friends choose to circ as well.
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  • I've noticed it's really regional too. When I had my first son we said once that we weren't circumcising and that was it. We've moved since then and when I had DS2 we were asked multiple times if we needed to schedule the circumsion. It was almost like they thought it was forgotten. That said, regional or not, I've never felt judged in either place.

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  • Avion22 said:

    We planned to, but were unable to do it in the hospital because he has hydroceles (fluid trapped in his scrotum).  So now we're waiting for the hydroceles to resolve, and if they don't then at 6 months we take him to a urologist, at which point the urologist will do the circumcision.   


    So we still want to, but I kind of feel like the longer we wait the less likely it is to happen.   I'm kind of upset that we weren't able to do it in the hospital.  I mean, the pedi would have done it, but said that we might not get as good of a result because of the swelling, so of course we decided to wait.  
    The pedi didn't take enough off when DS had it done at 24 hrs, so he has to have it revised by a urologist. They won't do it until at least a year old because of the anesthesia.
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  • I sat on the fence and DH was firmly in the "yes" camp. We did circumcise. 
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  • We did it at the pedis office at his two week check, which is standard practice here (not even offered at the hospital). DH watched!
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  • We did it in the hospital. The on call OB did it. I agree with the regional thing cause everyone I know with a boy has it done.

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    I didn't want to and DH did. Ultimately I let him decide since I make most of the parenting decisions and it was his one request. We live in the Midwest and it's overwhelmingly popular here to circ so I just gave in.
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  • It's not common in my area at all. The last stats I saw for my province gave the circ rate at lower than 10%.

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  • It's not just regional, it's very cultural too. The change in statistics probably has something to do with the changing demographics in the US. It's also very uncommon outside of the US, Israel, and Muslim countries, and the bump is international, so there are more non-circers here than most of us Americans know in real life.
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  • We circumcised. OB on call did it when he was 16 hours old. It was never a question. Where I live, everyone I know with a boy does it.

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    I think it also depends on which crowd you run around with. I'm in the Midwest, but a fairly crunchy-granola area, an I'd say circumcision is about 50/50 with people I know. We didn't circ our two boys.

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  • We didn't. The rates of circumcision here are very low, but we wouldn't have regardless.
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  • We didn't. I have no idea how predominant it is here and I don't care.

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    We did with my first, not with the next two.
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    We didn't. I have no idea how predominant it is here and I don't care.

    This! It didn't matter to me what other people do, I did what was best for my sons and that was not circing. The circ rate is 50% in the US. I don't think you see a higher concentration on the bump.
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  • We planned on it but since he was almost 4 weeks early one of his little balls didn't drop yet sooo we have to go to the urologist soon I'm dreading it.
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    We didn't. I'd say that among my friends in the Bay Area, the circumcision rate is 50%.
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    We didn't. Not sure rates here, but we're moving to the bay area in a year where its less common than here, I'm sure.
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  • We are in the Midwest and chose not to circumcise. Got a ton of shit from our families for that decision, but they already kind of judge for our lack of religion (aka no baptism in sight), getting pregnant two months before the wedding, moving in together before getting engaged, etc. I just figure it's another "test" of parenting. My son's penis is no one's business but our own, and eventually, just him. We've had a lot of unsolicited questions about it, it makes me kind of sad that this is the second question I'm asked right after "why didn't you have a natural birth". Apparently, the rudeness doesn't end when you stop being pregnant--it just doesn't come along with belly pats anymore.
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  • We didn't, but the hospital seemed to be pressuring us to do it.
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    Stace0616 said:
    We are in the Midwest and chose not to circumcise. Got a ton of shit from our families for that decision, but they already kind of judge for our lack of religion (aka no baptism in sight), getting pregnant two months before the wedding, moving in together before getting engaged, etc. I just figure it's another "test" of parenting. My son's penis is no one's business but our own, and eventually, just him. We've had a lot of unsolicited questions about it, it makes me kind of sad that this is the second question I'm asked right after "why didn't you have a natural birth". Apparently, the rudeness doesn't end when you stop being pregnant--it just doesn't come along with belly pats anymore.

    Yeah, my mom said something to me like "I assume you got him circumcised..." Um, WHAT? Not sure why she would "assume" that. I mean, he's, it was our plan to circ, but why would she "assume" that?
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    That is so bizarre, @Stace0616‌ - no one has ever asked me about circ'ing my sons or questioned the details of their births - and I've never asked anyone else those kind of details. People need to learn boundaries! I'm sorry you're dealing with that.
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  • We did not circumcise. I know it is a little differ here in Canada though
    as the rates are declining and the paediatric society advises against. I researched it extensively throughout my pregnancy before we made a decision. Only 32% of parents chose to circumcise in Canada last year. Many hospitals (all of them here in my city) and many doctors (again almost all in my city) will not perform circumcisions. It was a tough choice for sure.
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  • We did not. My older son was circed and the doctor who did it, all but butchered his part and left him deformed. I did not want to risk the same thing happening to this baby.


     

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