I'll be 36 weeks with our little boy on Thursday. I did a tour of the hospital over the weekend, and now am extremely stressed over how we're going to advocate for our little boy in an area where routine circumcision is still very much the norm and most people I've spoken to still hold firm to the belief that if a boy is not circumcised that you must retract and clean. Seriously, everyone I have spoken to about our decision not to circumcise has come back with, "Well, that might work OK for you if you're careful about always retracting it and keeping it clean, but it would be a shame if he needs to have it done when he's older, because it hurts more." Gah!
Found out in the hospital tour that it is somewhat unlikely that one or both of us will be allowed back for the baby's first exam and bath. Was told that the standard is that parents aren't allowed in general, and the only chance one or both of us would be is if he is the ONLY baby in that part of the nursery and the nurse is nice enough to allow it.
I want to make sure that they do not retract him during this time, but am seriously stressed about it happening if no one is there to watch.