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#1 of 77 Old 04-02-2006, 05:46 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Alright, I'll give this a try

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Nicole, married, SAHM to intact DS.

What state/province are you from?
Michigan

Briefly, what drew you to this issue?
Having a natural unassisted birth with my son; wanting him to live a natural, whole, untampered with healthy life.

Particular interests? Special talents?
I love to read, take care of animals, and spend time with my DH and DS.

What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC?
~Donated $50 to No Circ of MI just last week.
~I wear my "Stop Circumcision" bracelet everyday. It has started a couple conversations about the subject.
~I give informational phamplets to any expectant mother I know (I almost always carry these phamplets with me)
~Made a pink and blue bumper sticker that says "Circumcision advocates aren't playing with a full dick"
~Currently looking for interesting places to leave printouts
If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be?
http://notjustskin.org
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Jen (26), mommy to Quinn (2 1/2) and dss Jon (15). Happily married to dh (36).

What state/province are you from?

Near Portland, OR.

Briefly, what drew you to this issue?

I worked as a nursing assistant, where one of my duties was assisting with circumcisions. What I witnessed was the catalyst for researching the issue, and what I learned (and continue to learn) fuels my activism.

Particular interests? Special talents?

I'm a childbirth educator, birth assistant, and breastfeeding peer counselor.

What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC?

I share information on message boards, create eye-catching graphics, blinkies, and anti-ric siggies. I'm working on learning website design and will be creating a website during the next few months. I host an Intact Care Board on another parenting website. I'm also hoping to create a "Circumcision Decision" class to supplement more general childbirth education classes, and will hopefully be making an online version available too.

If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be?

http://www.mothering.com/articles/ne...cumcision.html because it's a great overview.

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Rebecca, dh, dd (5), ds (2)

What state/province are you from?
Minnesota

Briefly, what drew you to this issue?
I guess I didn't realize people still did this, my mom is anti-circ, didn't circ my brother, and is outspoken about it; that and doing more research before I started attending births as a doula.

Particular interests? Special talents?
I'm a doula, and one of the leaders of the API group here.

What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC?
~I talk about it often, whenever I talk about my doula work, or see a pregnant woman, learn of a pregnancy in any way related to me.
~I always give the "case against circ" article as part of my "hey you're a friend of mine and having your first baby" gift
~I've "accidentily" left copies of the Nocirc "answers to your ?s about infant circ" pamphlet at Kinko's.
~brainstormed bumpersticker ideas with my father (my favorite of his is "Foreskins are better than none"), which in turn keeps the topic going on my family
~I have a lot of anti-circ info in the folder that I give potential doula families, they know right away that I don't think it's ok.

If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be?
http://www.circumstitions.com/Itsaboy.html

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Melissa, dh Harold, dd Alenna 5yrs ds Xander 17months


What state/province are you from?
Tennesse



Briefly, what drew you to this issue?
I have always known I wouldnt circ. What has drawn me to it is the birth of my son.


Particular interests? Special talents?
Reading, nothing really special I can sew very well by hand or with machine tho

What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC?
Talk to anyone who will listen, leave little cards every were I can think of for people to read about it.


If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be?
www.noharm.com

 
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Betsy (23 - almost!), dh (22), dd (5 months - almost!)


What state/province are you from?

Born in Georgia, live in Washington (the state) and have lived everywhere in between.


Briefly, what drew you to this issue?

Having an intact husband and researching more about it.


Particular interests? Special talents?

Music. I can play every wind instrument except the saxophone in varying degrees of proficiency. I'm more experienced with brass instruments (as you probably already figured out...).


What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC?

I talk to almost everyone about it if there's an opportune moment (such as someone mentioning they're pregnant). I signed a petition... I'd like to do more, but haven't had time yet


If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be?

http://www.doctorsopposingcircumcisi...ision_quiz.htm

because it's written by a doctor and it's so simple that anyone should be able to see the myths vs. the facts.

love and peace.

mama to two girls and due in November!
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Stevie, married to Allan, mom to Solomon age 29, and my 2 littles


What state/province are you from?
Wisconsin


Briefly, what drew you to this issue?
researching while I was waiting for younger DS to be born


Particular interests? Special talents?
reading is a passion; health and nutrition are my avocation


What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC?
I speak with every young person I meet. I also have made a couple of bumperstickers.


If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be?
MDC is where I send everyone
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Alcon. I'm a high schooler, so I don't have many other family details to share I became interested when I ended up doing a project on circumcision in middle school. I couldn't understand why anyone would reasonably do it.

What state/province are you from?
Beautiful Washington State

Briefly, what drew you to this issue?
Well, I went to a doctor's check-up when I was about 11 and my doctor assured me that only about half of boys my age in the area were circumcised. I assumed that they were born that way - I couldn't imagine why anyone would want to do that to themselves. Eventually, I ended up doing a project on it (randomly selected subject in a health class) and became even more strongly against it.

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I like political stuff, and do lots of things with computer security.

What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC?
Spread the word. Not much else to do, I suppose.
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My name is Noah (yes a Female Noah). I have a dh who is circ'd and a ds (15 months) who is not.


What state/province are you from?

Washington State - near Seattle.


Briefly, what drew you to this issue?

Dh and I decided to not circ ds because it just seemed like a dumb thing to do. I knew a little about it (enough to know it was painful), but had no idea at the time about the function of the foreskin and such. Since having ds and finding Mothering and the real truths about the awfulness of circ I've become a complete intactivist and have really lost a lot of respect for people I know who knew better and circ'd.


Particular interests? Special talents?

I love to sew and just got my first serger for Christmas. I'm working on learning to sew diapers. I'm also a lactivist and really into human rights (including children's rights) in general. I also love anything outdoorsy.


What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC?

Mostly just educating myself so I can talk to others about it. I've been thinking about printing up cards to stick in library books and such (need to get one it). I'd also like to help out at NOCIRC's conference here in Seattle in August, but haven't found a contact person to ask about doing it. I also have anti-circ satements/links in my signature on other sites I post on and have debated circ on a private board I'm on (and have had people say they are reconsidering based on that - even one who has a circ'd ds because she knew nothing about it!)

If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be?

Just one? That's tough. I'd probably send them here (or just mention mothering in general so that they could stumble on this forum themselves).

Happily married to my dh, mama to ds1 (01/2005), ds2 (07/2007)  and dd (07/2009).
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Pauline/Dan/Cassidy

What state/province are you from?
Ontario

Briefly, what drew you to this issue?
Hubs is intact

Particular interests? Special talents?
Knitting, crocheting, losing weight...: Special talents? Not too much.

What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC?

Talking to everyone I know about it.

If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be?

I link to here.
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Kia, married to an American. We have boy/girl twins, they will be 4 next summer. 1 french bulldog, 3 cats.


What state/province are you from?

Finland/Scandinavia/Europe. My spouse is originally from California.


Briefly, what drew you to this issue?

When I lived in USA I learned about circumcision - it shocked me so badly I wanted to do something. Also I spoke with a jewish man (here in Finland)who had badly bothced circ in Israel and his opinions about RIC had a big influence.


Particular interests? Special talents?

I try to remind people how healthy intact men are - circumcision has always been unknown practise in Scandinavia.


What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC?

Because I am on the other side of Atlantic all I can do is write to message boards.


If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be?

Well, Mothering ofcourse. Great place for parents to get info. From actual intact-concentrated info pages I would choose http://www.infocirc.org/index-e.htm
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Stella, mom to one Sept 04 super son.
dh is circ'd


What state/province are you from?
Phx, Az


Briefly, what drew you to this issue?
After we decided we werent circing, it suprised me how sad I was when I heard others were (too much internet baby boards) and I read more and more, and realised it was something I felt pretty passionately about.


Particular interests? Special talents?
Computers, online communities, video games (EQ, WoW) knitting, reading
No talents, haha, but I am a blood banker in my mommy off time. :P


What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC?
Posting links, info, my story, reassuring and trying to persuade expectant mothers to BE INFORMED. Dont have many friends in real life but I talk to my girlfriends about all aspects of AP, and have talked my sister out of RIC any of her sons, and plan on hitting my sister in laws when they decide they want children. I want to do so much more, need to snail mail our no circ chapter here.


If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be?

I really like the lost list, I think it gives a good over view of all the important aspects of the intact penis and their purposes.
http://www.norm.org/lost.html

but there are sooo many links!
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First name, and any family details you want to share. Barbara, married for 7.5 years to Jesse whom I've been with since we were 17. We have a 7 year old and 10 month old


What state/province are you from? Origionally I'm from OR (where ds1 was born) but I spent 5 years in Wa state where dh's family lived until 1.5 years ago when we moved to MO


Briefly, what drew you to this issue? I chose not to circ ds1 because it seemed so wrong, I saw a video of a baby being strapped down and crying and it broke my heart and couldn't imagine doing that to my son. I heard all the locker room arguements and it just seemed silly to do it for that reason. I didn't circ ds2 either for those same reasons, plus I had since gotten a chance to research it more.


Particular interests? Special talents? I love punk and metal music


What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC? Well luckily in this state Circ is not covered by medicaid, and many people don't want to pay an extra $650 out of pocket to have it done. I do talk about circ with people and how I didn't do it and why.


If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be I would direct them to MDC (and I have), because not only does it have a great section on no circ, it also is informative in all the other aspects of AP

Unassisted birthing, atheist, poly, bi WOHM to 4 wonderful, smart homeschooling kids Wes (14) Seth (7) Pandora Moonlilly (2) and Nevermore Stargazer (11/2012)  Married to awesome SAH DH.

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Nancy, mama to almost 3 year old ds (circ'd) and boy/girl twins born New Year's Eve. Ds #2 is intact and of course all other boys we may have will be intact.

What state/province are you from?
Born and raised in Northern CA but currently live in MI

Briefly, what drew you to this issue?
Ds #1 is circ'd as a result of pressure from family, friends and pretty much anyone I came into contact with. I read up a bit on circ and thought it sounded unnecessary but in the end I doubted myself. If only I had come into contact with ONE person who told me to leave him intact, I bet he would be today.


Particular interests? Special talents?
No special talents. I enjoy hiking and researching things online.


What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC?
Well I start up anti-circ conversations on other boards, which usually end up getting shut down by moderators who don't want to hear what a horrible thing they did to their sons. I talk with married family members or friends who don't have kids yet, hoping to "brainwash" them into leaving their future sons intact. I wish I had had a relative like me before I had kids.

If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be?
Not sure, probably a link to this board.

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Janet , I have 5 kids 1 boy he's 14

What state/province are you from?

utah
Briefly, what drew you to this issue?

After Mil startedgiving us a hardtime about keeping ds intact I started resurching. Even though DH has problems with hs circ (they took way to much skin and scaring) she still insists it's needed.To the point of trying to talk dh into getting it done when I was not there.
Particular interests? Special talents?knitting, sewing, gardening, reading, and cooking.


What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC?
just telling everyone about our lack of problems with Ds. It's hardcin this area we have such a high circ rate.

If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be?
This one I don't have to many that I saved.
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Niki; mother of three children, one a boy

What state/province are you from?

Washington, Snoqualmie area

Briefly, what drew you to this issue?

Family is historically intact (never know how to describe that - my dad is a descendant of the infamous Dr. Kellog but somewhere along the lines, there was a major family revolt and they're all intact...) as is my husband's (his father is the unfortunate and lesson-learning exception to that). I didn't think twice about it, I just assumed we would not circ (DH of course agreed!), the same way I assumed a good many things as a just-out-of-teens parent. The activism began when I HEARD one after giving birth to my first. I had assumed that they were extraordinarily rare anymore. A nurse assured me that this was not the case. I had nightmares all throughout the pregnancy with my son; I would dream that he was circumcised without my consent in the large hospital I 'had to' deliver at. Thus began actually looking into the subject beyond the broad and familially-induced impression that circumcision was a stupidity that was rapidly declining.

What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC?

I've convinced my family to make some sort of opportunity-based effort to educate their high school and college peers (all my siblings are younger). They seem wildly successful thus far at being the first to get this information to them. My sister in particular, as a history major, is able to tell her classmates to "just look up the history" if they balk at the concept...

I've also been known to write lengthy posts on mainstream boards and actually have a talent for doing so in a non-offensive way, which I hope helps reach more people.

If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be?

http://www.cirp.org/news/Mothering1997/

Mama, homeschooler, midwife. DD (13yo), DS (11yo), DD (8yo), DD (3yo), somebody new coming in November 2013.

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See my sig.

What state/province are you from?
AZ

Briefly, what drew you to this issue?
A man I worked with before I had kids, he talked about it openly. He regretted that his parents did that to him and was attempting to restore his foreskin. He gently spoke to all the expectant parents at work about it. I thought he had a lot of courage.

My dh is intact and he's Hindu, so circ is not something that is normally done to baby boys.

Particular interests? Special talents?
Well lots, but not relating this forum. Homeschooling, writing.


What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC?
I just try to talk about it with moms-to-be.

If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be?
How Male Circ May Be Affecting Your Love Life
http://mensightmagazine.com/Articles...p/lovecirc.htm


Because it's very interesting and would appeal to women who have a male partner, and get them thinking about their own sons.

7yo: "Mom,I know which man is on a quarter and which on is on a nickel. They both have ponytails, but one man has a collar and the other man is naked. The naked man was our first president."
 
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Jeni, sahm to 14 mo dd, wife to Mike

What state/province are you from?
PA

Briefly, what drew you to this issue?
Since I was a teen I thought it was kind of a silly and weird thing to do, and didn't think I would ever do that to a son, but didn't think about it too much otherwise. After getting pg, I came to mdc, ventured in here a bit because I figured I needed to know what was what in case I had a boy, and have gradually become more outraged.

Particular interests? Special talents?
History, especially historical costuming. Medieval living history.

What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC?
Mostly word of mouth and distribution of flyers up ubtil now, but I'm working on networking with other PA people for a more organized effort.

If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be?
Phoebe's site usually, also like the colorado one. I think the format of one page that's down to earth and concise is the best warm up. Seems like if you send someone to a forum such as here, they're not as likely to read through it. And sometimes the vent threads here can be a little off-putting.
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Wendy (29), dh Marc (27), Damien (6--not dh's biological son), Jake (2), and Liam (6 mos.) Our 3 boys are intact. We are Jewish, it hasn't been an issue except w/ FIL, who thinks we made a mistake not having it done, but oddly enough for "medical" reasons. MIL thinks it's barbaric and commented that she's glad I had the strength to stand up and wishes she had.

What state/province are you from?
We are from PA, living in IN while dh is in grad school.

Briefly, what drew you to this issue?
Thought circ was normal until I noticed most of the babiy boys whose diapers I changed at work (daycare, while I was in college at Penn State) were intact. Asked the ladies I worked w/ and none of their kids were circ'd. Intact started looking more normal. It came up in my Bradley classes when I was pg w/ ds2, and my research then made me not only against having it done to my boys, but against all RIC.

Particular interests? Special talents?
I'm good at art and music. Have a B.S. in chemistry, planning on going back to school to be a nurse practitioner, either pediatric or neonatal. I sew, mostly organic cotton sherpa cloth diapers for ds and friends, also knitting a little. Still REALLY slow! My current project is a pair of organic longies or shorties, depending on when I get them done. I dyed my balls of Treliske yarn by hand w/ indigo and that yarn is BEAUTIFUL!!! I think I'll put a link in my sig to a pic when I'm done.

What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC?
Well, my older sister's oldest is 4. When D was a baby, she thought it was gross he wasn't circ'd. She now has 2 intact little boys. I try to plant the seeds in anyone I talk to where having babies comes up. You know, just casually mention in my whole homebirth spiel how the hospital here tried to circ Jake 3 times and isn't that awful? Can't believe people around here still do such a barbaric thing, where I had ds1, no one does that! (which, btw, is very true. Less than 10% circ rate in State College, PA, the year he was born!)

If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be?

I would give them Mothering articles, not links.
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Ann and Tim with one son Rowan

What state/province are you from?
CO

Briefly, what drew you to this issue?
I guess I really didn't know this surgery existed. Then people came into my life to bring my awareness to circumcision. To educate ourselves, DH and I watched a video of a circumcision when I was pregnant (didn't know we were pregnant with a boy) and I became passionate about ending RIC.

Particular interests? Special talents?
river trips, anything creative, dance, music, inventive imagination

What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC?
talk to people, support nocirc

If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be?
hmmmmmmm here
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Kathryn. I've got a 22 month old little girl, a wonderful husband, and I'm due in October with another.

What state/province are you from?
Texas.

Briefly, what drew you to this issue?
I've always been a huge child and infant rights person.

Particular interests? Special talents?

Nothing I can really think of that's super cool.

What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC?
Talk to anyone possible. Leave no circ business cards places, making bumper stickers, t-shirts, diaper bags, etc..

If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be?
Probably here.

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Jessica, momma to Joshua who just turned 2 years old

What state/province are you from?
Massachusetts

Briefly, what drew you to this issue?
I wondered what I needed to know about circumcision- I came from the, 'I thought it was medically necessary point of veiw' and was shocked to find out it was not medically necessary (read the AAP to figure that out)

Particular interests? Special talents?
Right now I pretty much just try to keep up with my son and bare minimum of everything else

What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC?
Writing letters, post to forums, expecting groups, etc.

If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be?
The link to the 'if you regret circumcising your son' here


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What state/province are you from?


Briefly, what drew you to this issue?


Particular interests? Special talents?


What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC?


If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be?
Chris, dp to Aaron, a guy who says he "doesn't care either way" about circumcision until I mention it (and I do A LOT!) and that makes him get defensive (he's circ'd) about the whole thing. I'm still unsettled about him not being in 100% agreement about the human rights violation (see above statement about getting defensive).

1.) Ontario, Canada... London to be exact.

2.) Am an intact male for 30 years and see NO reason to change what's worked for me without problems. Ever since I knew about the difference at around 8 or 9, thought it was a STUPID thing to do. It wasn't until I was 16 when my cousin was born and my mom and grandma talked about how he will have it done that I thought "what about HIS rights?!" that I became a TRUE intactivist; a word I didn't even know about until the late-'90s and the internet, THANK GOODNESS! It's become "my cause" and I'm passionate about it and plan to make it a life-long cause ending MGM!

3.) The entertainment industry. My brother and I won 2nd place in a script writing contest. We created a complete sitcom and wrote a pilot which won runner-up. We're looking for agent representation. (hint-hint, L.A.ites hehe). We plan on making an anti-circ comments a regular thing throughout the run of the series once it gets accepted and developed. There's an anti-circ website that compiles the pro-intact statements from movies and TV shows and we want to DRAMATICALLY add to that list.

4.) Mothering Dot Commune: The Case Against Circumcision ; Circumstitions.com
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Wendy (29), dh Marc (27), Damien (6--not dh's biological son), Jake (2), and Liam (6 mos.) Our 3 boys are intact. We are Jewish, it hasn't been an issue except w/ FIL, who thinks we made a mistake not having it done, but oddly enough for "medical" reasons. MIL thinks it's barbaric and commented that she's glad I had the strength to stand up and wishes she had.

What state/province are you from?
We are from PA, living in IN while dh is in grad school.

Briefly, what drew you to this issue?
Thought circ was normal until I noticed most of the babiy boys whose diapers I changed at work (daycare, while I was in college at Penn State) were intact. Asked the ladies I worked w/ and none of their kids were circ'd. Intact started looking more normal. It came up in my Bradley classes when I was pg w/ ds2, and my research then made me not only against having it done to my boys, but against all RIC.

Particular interests? Special talents?
I'm good at art and music. Have a B.S. in chemistry, planning on going back to school to be a nurse practitioner, either pediatric or neonatal. I sew, mostly organic cotton sherpa cloth diapers for ds and friends, also knitting a little. Still REALLY slow! My current project is a pair of organic longies or shorties, depending on when I get them done. I dyed my balls of Treliske yarn by hand w/ indigo and that yarn is BEAUTIFUL!!! I think I'll put a link in my sig to a pic when I'm done.

What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC?
Well, my older sister's oldest is 4. When D was a baby, she thought it was gross he wasn't circ'd. She now has 2 intact little boys. I try to plant the seeds in anyone I talk to where having babies comes up. You know, just casually mention in my whole homebirth spiel how the hospital here tried to circ Jake 3 times and isn't that awful? Can't believe people around here still do such a barbaric thing, where I had ds1, no one does that! (which, btw, is very true. Less than 10% circ rate in State College, PA, the year he was born!)

If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be?

I would give them Mothering articles, not links.
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Traci(28) one intact DS 20 months tomorrow(Brendan)


What state/province are you from? Montana did live in california for 5 yrs that's where my son was born.


Briefly, what drew you to this issue? My ex was intact the first intact male I had ever seen I never really hear of talk of that or full discussion of circumcision. The most talk I ever seen on circ as a child was from Cheers and Seinfeld.
I remember weirding out after the seinfeld episode but I was not knowing that there was a choice until I had my son.

Then I was pro-choice then more I researched it oh how wrong and how uneducated doctors were just cuz they were cut happy got me like really against it when I learned there is 'real no reason' to remove a healthy part even if it has a issue .



Particular interests? Special talents? Computers, Sign language , being a mom, cross stitching


What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC? I mostly pass around pamplets to show off to nurses who come up from Better Babies and then next month I am going to figuring out a way that will be obvious to show of to say No "real" medical reason to circ or try to seem to get the look-alikes out there or maybe get a jersey stating Mom against Circ and with my son say I'm against circ also . I also write all these little notes in free parent or even tidbits saying Get Informed Say No To Circ


If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be?

I would give them no links just pamplets from no-circ because they will be more likely to have time to read that and less chance at the computer . But if it was a computer nut like me I would definetly suggest this forum.



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Hi Everyone! I'm new here - over from another enlightened board. Great to have found you guys.

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Cristina (38), DH(40), DS1 (5), DS2 (3), DD (11 months). Everyone intact.

What state/province are you from?
I'm Venezuelan but live in Germany (DH's country)

Briefly, what drew you to this issue?
For me intactness has always been a given. Everyone in my family and extended family is. Never gave it much thought. It was just normal.
Then my best friend and I were expecting DS2 at the same time. I knew she had circd DS1 (we bathed them together once, and I felt such pity for her son) so I embarked on an unsuccessful attempt to change her mind for DS2. It was very sad and frustrating.

The more I learned the more it seemed obvious that this is a barbaric practice that needs to be stopped and eventually will be. We must make sure it is.

It's interesting to see this whole topic from a European/South American perspective: it's simply a non issue. All friends of my kids are intact (except two Muslim boys), every pediatrician knows not to mess with it, grandparents and inlaws don't come in to explain why we should mutilate our newborns... As I said: non issue. And when you tell people that it's done pretty much as a matter of routine in USA they grimace. It's quite scandalous and incomprehensible.

Particular interests? Special talents?
Interests? You mean moms can actually have interests other than their kids' interests? Just kidding: opera and classical music in general, horses, skiing, in-line skating, mathematics, languages.

What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC?
Around me there is no one I need to discourage, so I just try to post in boards that deal with this issue and give the intact-as-a-given perspective. And of course, every time a friend in USA is having a boy I bombard her with info.

If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be?
http://www.udonet.com/circumcision/vincent/index.html
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Amy, DH, and Aidan (intact)

What state/province are you from?
Upstate NY

Briefly, what drew you to this issue?
When pregnant with Aidan, who is now 4, we knew we needed to make a decision on circ one way or the other and after doing a lot of research came to realize there was NO WAY we were going to put our day old child through surgery for no reason. Honestly, I am NOT a big fan of the AAP overall but the fact that even *they* don't support circ was a big factor in helping us make our decision. We have never regretted it!

Particular interests? Special talents
Well my family is my biggest priority, I am a doula and LOVE what I do, I like to collect antique bottles and take care of all my special furballs

What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC?
I work with pregnant/postpartum families all the time and have just begun including the anticirc brochure from coloradonocirc, I also always ask if they are having a boy at the prenatal, if they say YES, I always ask if they have made a decision about circ. If they are undecided I always ask them to read the brochure, go over the fact that the AAP doesn't recommend it, etc. and then tell about my wonderful intact son! IT is so incredibly hard for me to see little babies come home from the hospital with raw, circed penises I cry inside for them every time! I always do a victory dance though when I have intact clients.

If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be?
Why mothering.com of course

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wow. thanks! I just realized a mistake in my post. I said Bradley w/ ds2, but I meant ds1. lol
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Robin, mama to one DS who is intact, and wife to a circ'ed DH

What state/province are you from?
Mississippi

Briefly, what drew you to this issue?
When I was reading pregnancy and childcare books, a friend lent me one from Penelope Leach (who is British, I think?) which said that circ was unnecessary and not practiced in most of the world. I started talking to DH about it (who was unconvinced at first), but as I dug deeper, I found out the truth and was adamant it would not be done to DS. DH agreed too, and the more I learned the more sickened I became by the whole practice and lost that "personal choice" kind of attitude.

Particular interests? Special talents?
I am going to school to be a CNM.

What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC?
Anytime I find out a friend is having a boy, I immediately jump on the circ issue. I don't bite my tongue at all, and just get right down to it. I also participate in online arenas to educate about circ and hopefully sway expectant moms.

If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be?
the first thing I give is the Mothering Case against Circumcisions article. If that's not enough, I follow up with more specific issues.
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Laura mom to Noah-intact

What state/province are you from?
TN, but ds born in NC

Briefly, what drew you to this issue?
It wasn't even a conscious decision to leave him intact. The majority of babies I knew were intact. The more I have read after my ds was born the more upset about it I become. Goes hand in hand with my disgust of the medical community.

Particular interests? Special talents?
Reading, when I have time. ( i am not that boring, just really busy)

What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC?
Letter writing, trying to get a nocirc center off the ground in tn

If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be?
right here

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