I am going to visit my newborn nephew (my sister's first child) this weekend. He was just born yesterday. I tried with all of the information and pleading that I could to convince them that circumcision is not right to do to a baby, but my sister deferred to her husband who seems uptight about body/body shame/elimination, etc. and he really wanted to do it. Their reasoning she says is so that he will 'look like his dad'. They are first time parents and I believe this is a big mistake. It's hard to see someone you love making a painful mistake. I'm sad that my sister could not advocate for her son and just went along with her husband's decision.
So now I am going up to visit and help out...but honestly it makes me so sad to see this actually has happened. I think it is happening today actually. I have two intact boys of my own and have worked as a nurse practitioner in the hospital-so I've seen this brutal procedure done. I just hate the thought of it. I have told my sister that I am choosing not to help with changing of any diapers because the sight of the mutilation would upset me too much. I am pregnant with my 4th right now, so kind of emotional!
The other thing is (and I'll post this on the EC forum) my sister wants to EC and wants me to help her with that because I did it with all 3 of my kids. I am thinking that a freshly wounded genitalia and EC are not going to be compatible-this situation would naturally alter the important bond of communication. But at least she wants to try..maybe there is some hope for the future.
Feeling sad about all this..