I posted many months ago, back when I was pregnant with ds, about an irritating exchange with one of the 6 doctors in my pediatric practice. He was not my regular doctor, and in fact, that was the first time in 3 years I had even seen him. He just spouted some block headed comment about how, when parents are on the fence, he just recommends they "go ahead and get it over with, to avoid buyer's remorse later" and when I brought up the AAP's statement, he said they were an "ivory tower organization" and he had many years of experience dealing with phimosis, etc.
Well I'm sure I don't need to tell anybody here what a load of horse phooey that is, and just know that I wrote that doc off (will not take either of my kids to see him, etc.)
So at my last visit. I made a point of telling one of my more regular docs how mad this made me, and he apologized for the other Dr's bias.... and then proceeded to tell me
"you know that uncircumcized men are more likely to pass HPV to their partners"
--- until I shot him down by adding "well that's what condoms are for"
then it was
"you know cleaning will be an issue"
-- didn't say anything here, but duh, I had a baby girl... talk about cleaning as an issue. wouldn't it be easier to keep from having to trim my daughter's fingernails, if I removed her fingers? How about taking out those pesky teeth so I don't have to deal with the issue of brushing them?
finally, he said something dumb akin to the locker room argument, but I wasn't listening at that point.
He did know not to touch or retract an intact penis and that it wouldn't become retractable until much later... and I really have liked this doctor in the past. He is a lot of fun and great with kids. He is just obviously biased himself but I'm not sure what to do.
Should I go looking for another pedi? It seems drastic to change practices, since intact penises aren't that much trouble and I don't foresee a problem... there are many pediatricians in my area, so I'm sure I can find an intact friendly one. I could always just find a backup doc? It's just that the ethical divide between this doc's and my own views on circumcision might make it hard for me not to dislike him in the future. Am I being extreme? SHould I find another pedi just as a backup? Need opinions please! Thanks everyone :)