My former midwives said about half their clients chose to circ.
There's still a lot of work to be done to get rid of the misconceptions that often drive people to circ.
She did tell him that if they chose to circ (they had a girl) that she had the name of a Moyel and she would rather they use him than an OB/GYN or ped.
I can tell you though that I have one homebirthing neighbor that did circ but of all my homebirthing friends - about 15 none of the circ'd.
My sister-in-law asked me if I was going to do the circ myself if we had a boy. She wasn't even being snarky, just curious. Um, no. We're not circing at all.
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My midwife says that about half of her patients circ too...but midwifery here has taken off with most people having hospital births, I believe. It's become trendy to use a midwife...which is fine by me, anything to get the public educated.
I don't know what her circ rate is.
Many couples are surprised when they hear that circ'ing is un-necessary, they simply thought it had to be done! Younger couples seem to be more open to not circ'ing, while older couples seem to be more resistant. In one practice I worked at, the rate was probably about 50/50, but the one i'm in now is much lower, I'd guess less than 10%.
I do have the name of a mohel I refer to, who does a quick, moderate circ for those who insist. Fortunately, in my state, insurance will not pay for a not medically indicated circumcision, and the going rate is about $350, so that is often the deciding factor for a lot of couples. Not just the financial aspect, but the fact that it considered elective, cosmetic surgery drives the point across. (This is the only time I can say the ins. companies greed benefits the consumer!)
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In the Pacific NW, the rate of circ'd boys is about 30%, and I'd say about 5-10% of my clients circ - for cosmetic or religious reasons.
Many Christian midwives seem to think that it is religiously necessary and are not up on their medical facts on the topic.
Hopefully we can get midwives of all religions to learn about the religious and medical reasons to leave boys the way that God and Nature made them.
If you choose to have a homebirth, you choose to do so for reasons of privacy, increased safety for mother and baby, physical and emotional comfort, among others. I'm not sure I understand how a parent can violate the safety and comfort of the homebirth experience by torturing their brand-new family member for a cosmetic procedure with no medical, hygienic, or social benefits.
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Originally Posted by Thmom
None of them agree with Circ, but they do agree with a parents right to choose so they do thier best to inform clients but some people are just bull headed...
i think a HUGE part of my role as (soon to be) midwife is to be an advocate for babies. i think i would be doing a HUGE disservice to families if i didnt lay out the info for circ. i think once you build up a trusting relationship with a family, you are in a good position to give them this info in an innoffensive way.
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Well said Leosmama!
Just comparing it to baptism, if a mw`s client is Catholic, do they expect the mw to find a priest? If they don`t already have a church they can get out the phone book & look. The mw can avoid the whole subject if she`s opposed to circ.
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