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Why would they ask at a first prenatal visit?

My first visit to the OB's office - I was about... eight or nine weeks along - the nurses asked me a few very basic questions. Age, number of pregnancies, that sort of thing. It wasn't in depth at all, maybe five or six questions in all. But one of the things they DID ask me was, "If you have a boy, do you plan on circ-ing?" They didn't ask about any other plans, breastfeeding vs. formula feeding, birth choices, etc.

There is a midwife in the practice as well, so I can kind of see it being logical in reverse - if I wanted to be her patient, and I wanted to circ, then maybe they'd refer me to an OB. (But that doesn't make sense, because it's a group practice and you're not guaranteed to have anyone on call when you deliver - plus they don't circ right that second anyway, so what would it matter?)

Anyway, I'm just stumped as to why that is a question they would ask right off the bat. Does anyone have any ideas?

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I'm sure there is no good answer. It's probably just one of the things the nurse has to ask and why not then.

It does probably reflect that this practice considers it to be routine, no big deal, etc.
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I agree - circumcising boys probably is part of their routine.

It would have been interesting if you had put on a totally shocked face and asked "Why in the world would I do that?"
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I did kind of do a double take and probably had a bit of a shocked look on my face as I said something like "absolutely not, definitely not, no way, no." The nurse laughed a bit and left. I also guess it's probably routine for them, but I don't really have any choice in the practice. We live out in the boonies, and it's the only practice in town, and my labors go too fast for me to drive anywhere else but our local hospital. I'm moderate risk - not enough for a high risk practice, but enough that I feel better with an OB instead of a midwife. Plus, I like and trust my actual doctor. He's pretty conservative, but he doesn't talk down to me and I respect him as a doctor, so... yeah.

I still think it's a bit of a weird question to ask right away, though! You'd think that'd be asked at the end with the rest of the birth plans.
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It's good to get parents thinking about it, but I agree that it's odd to ask that early on in the pregnancy. My MW broached the topic near the beginning of my third trimester.

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It's probably just one of the things the nurse has to ask and why not then.
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