BugMacGee- I really hope you have some success with getting an objection exemption of some sort. I know as nurses we are supposed to support our clients informed decisions, but there are times we also need to protect our own ethics, not to mention advocate for the innocent infants who have no say in the decision. It is so difficult.
When I was working post-partum, circ'ing was something I didn't personally have to be involved in (the charge nurse what the one who assisted), but I did have to observe for bleeding and care for circs after the fact, and instruct parents on how to care for it when they go home. I used to just encourage lots of holding, breastfeeding and cuddles post-circ
Luckily, our in-hospital circ rates were actually not very high, since I worked at a hospital that serviced a predominantly jewish population and they usually wait till day 8. Of course, their were some non-jewish clients who would have it done in the first 48 hours, while still in hospital
It would really be so frustrating when parents wonder why their little boy is crying more and feeding less/having trouble latching post-circ.
Their were a few times where I had couples ask me whether I thought they should circ or not, and while I couldn't come off too strongly, I was happy to remind them that it was a VERY BIG decision, that deserved alot of thought and consideration. I strongly encouraged them to wait until they had researched it and felt confident in their decision....and as a way to encourage them to wait (so as to buy time
) I reminded them that it actually cost less to have it done out of hospital (the hospital added a fee that didn't apply if done in the community). I would tell them that the rates of circumsion continue to drop, and most people are suprised and unaware of this. And of course, most medical associations don't feel it is necessary. I feel so happy when I know that I have helped a couple reconsider or at least delay the circ.