Originally Posted by laurelg
I think "The Case Against Circumcision" is the wrong place to condemn nurses who spoke out strongly against circumcision. Maybe they could have been more tactful, maybe they hurt your sister's feelings, but the core of what they did was right, and I wouldn't expect to find sympathy for the opposing view here.
yes, I agree with Laurel.
First, maybe that was bad circ day at their hospital. Slightly OT but related: When my DD was born, the nurse came in and instructed me in how to use the digital thermometer, including a lesson on Farenheit/Celsius. She mentioned that lots of people don't know the difference and accidentally switch back and forth between the two, and I (admittedly, rather tactlessly) made a joke about people calling and saying, "My baby must be dead" because they were accidentally taking temp with Celsius. So she froze immediately and said, pretty harshly, "We do not
joke about dead babies here." Now, I was a giddy mom of a newborn, and a little offended that she was grouping me with the "people who don't know that two (well, three) temp scales exist" group, so I didn't even think about it as a joke about dead babies; in my mind, I was joking about inept thermometer usage. It turns out that a baby had been stillborn the day DD was born, so emotions were raw from that. I felt pretty bad about it afterwards when I realized how my "joke" must have sounded to her
Second, I wonder if this mom would feel differently about the nurse's behavior if she had changed her mind and not
circumcised her son. I mean, I can imagine a mom coming to this board and telling this story in a few months like, "Thank goodness for these nurses, they saved my son!