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Dabble's Avatar Dabble 03:12 PM 11-24-2007
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Originally Posted by glongley View Post
no babies are forgotten and left uncircumcised.
Wow. :

serendipity22's Avatar serendipity22 09:18 AM 11-25-2007
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I remember hearing a story from that time period of a boy being born breech & being circumcised even before his head was born.
I read this on a website, I think an article from about 1967 mentioned a doctor who loved doing this in the 50s.

I can't find the website so I can't say if its authentic, though not really any stranger than many things doctors do.
kblackstone444's Avatar kblackstone444 02:42 PM 11-25-2007
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Originally Posted by serendipity22 View Post
I think an article from about 1967 mentioned a doctor who loved doing this in the 50s.
Wow. :Puke :
baybee's Avatar baybee 03:02 PM 11-25-2007
There's an awful case in the obstetrical literature where a baby boy being born frank breech (bum presenting with legs straight up like a jackknife) had his penis accidentally amputated when the dr did an episiotomy on the mother.

Knowing that kind of thing can happen is another reason to stay out of a hosp for birth.
kblackstone444's Avatar kblackstone444 03:28 PM 11-25-2007
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Originally Posted by baybee View Post
There's an awful case in the obstetrical literature where a baby boy being born frank breech (bum presenting with legs straight up like a jackknife) had his penis accidentally amputated when the dr did an episiotomy on the mother.
Because the doctor didn't care enogh to look where he was cutting?!?!?!
Raelynn's Avatar Raelynn 03:31 PM 11-25-2007
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Originally Posted by baybee View Post
There's an awful case in the obstetrical literature where a baby boy being born frank breech (bum presenting with legs straight up like a jackknife) had his penis accidentally amputated when the dr did an episiotomy on the mother.
OMG that is awful :
Storm Bride's Avatar Storm Bride 05:17 PM 11-25-2007
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Originally Posted by glongley View Post
From a list of 9 reasons given in support of immediate circumcision:

"Convenience: Prior to this new plan the circumcisions were performed between the third and seventh days and a line-up on Sunday mornings was routine. It meant an extra trip hospital trip, a good deal of uncomfortable delay between cases, and the resulting traffic problem in the birth rooms was prodigious. Under the present regime, the obstetrician finishes his episiotomy, walks across the hall and circumcises the infant, and is finished with the whole business. The time thus saved for both the physician and the nursing staff is considerable."

"Stimulation of the baby: Frequently following a general anesthetic the newborn is depressed and various stimulants are employed; circumcision unfailingly produces an excellent response in a sleepy baby."

"Pain: Although the pain sense is present at birth, it is much less intense than in later infancy."
:Puke :Puke :Puke
Just the idea of someone typing this up makes me want to puke, let alone thinking about it actually being implemented as a policy.
serendipity22's Avatar serendipity22 07:03 PM 11-25-2007
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I remember hearing a story from that time period of a boy being born breech & being circumcised even before his head was born.
I eventually googled it after recalling a line in the article about interns fighting over who gets to circumcise.

http://www.xcircum.com/images/Dear.pdf
Its on page 4.

I believe its authentic.
kblackstone444's Avatar kblackstone444 09:45 PM 11-25-2007
I just had to sit and read the whole article. I wish I didn't. It blew my mind. I don't know what else to say.
Ruthla's Avatar Ruthla 09:53 PM 11-25-2007
Wow. This makes me wonder if my Mom had to do something special to make sure my brothers weren't circ'ed in the hospital (so they could have the Bris at 8 days old.) They were born in 1969 and 1971.

Between BF and not circ'ing for the first week, she must have been considered a real hippie in those days!
runes's Avatar runes 09:56 PM 11-25-2007
omg. that is just heartbreaking. i wonder if this is the way it happend for dh.

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