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I am looking for a foreskin friendly ob/gyn. How do I go about locating one in my N.E. Ohio area? We are so backward here. But I know that more and more baby boys are being left intact.<br>
Anyway, does anyone have experience with such a doctor?
 

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I am a postpartum doula in northeastern Ohio and I have had some parents who have not had there boys circ'ed. It is an optional procedure. There babies were born at University Hospital.
 

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All you need to do for any ob/gyn, foreskin-friendly or not, is say "don't circ my baby." If you don't consent to the procedure, it won't happen.<br><br>
If you need support for your decision to leave your baby intact (yay!) then visit the Case Against Circumcision forum. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hippie.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hippie">
 

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Actually in my state, Washington, you must sign a routine form to request a circ. Nationwide I think rates are about at 50% now, and the APA no longer recommends it as necessary.
 

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I hear you on wanting a no-circ-friendly doctor. I thought once we had safely avoided the "routine procedure", we were out of the woods. Our ped said she supports no-circ. But she gently retracted the foreskin and told me to do so daily. I was uninformed at the time but hope no damage was done in the few days I did this (ds never acted as if it hurt him). Definitely check out the no-circ website for more info. Don't know how to find a doc that is truly is informed. An article at no-circ says the best answer to just about any time a doctor tells you your son's medical condition will require him to be circumcised is "LEAVE IT ALONE". At least I can remember that!
 

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call chiropractors, health food stores, midwives and doulas in your area. They so often can lead you to the right person your looking for. It is sooo important to feel medically supported if needed at a time.
 

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65% and rising after having fallen to a low of 59% in the early 80's.
 

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I put it in my birth plans.<br><br>
After my son, first, I was prepared with a sign for the bassinet. All the hospitals I had my children in had rooming in but he almost got snipped. My other two are girls. I did run into an ignorant nurse with my second child. When she was reviewing my birth plan. She was like are you sure it is a boy. I finally told her it did not matter what I did not want the kid circumcised. She shut up.<br><br>
My second child’s doctor was Jewish. He did not circumcise unless he was acting as a Mohel (SP). He was a very good doctor; he was the first to tell people the more you mess with the birth process the more likely you are to get sued. LMAO! My new OB/GYN said he was amazed the first day of having him as a teacher and that was the first words out of his mouth.
 

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We had DS circ-ed (long story) but my OB didn't really want to do it. She didn't try to convince us otherwise, but she didn't seem too keen on it and put it off as long as possible. She made a few comments about keeping him whole for another day, etc. She's out of Metrohealth. PM me if you want her name. She was awesome in lots of other respects as well.<br><br>
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No doctor or hospital can circ your son without your consent. Make sure whatever hospital you choose has a rooming in policy so you can watch your baby at all times. DS was born in Massachusetts, and all we had to do was say "no circ" and they put it in his chart...I would assume the same would be true here...
 

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I AM no where near you geographically but...I had to be very diligent about them not circ my son. I did NOT sign the release but every time they circ'd another baby someone came in to get my son. I had to repeatedly tell them NO! Unreal huh? My midwive was even telling them. SO just be on it and aware in the hospital.<br>
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Check out <a href="http://www.birthnetwork.org" target="_blank">www.birthnetwork.org</a>. I think they have a NE Ohio chapter and they should have a directory of health care professionals who have endorsed the MFCI (Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative - see <a href="http://www.motherfriendly.org" target="_blank">www.motherfriendly.org</a>), which is anti-circ.<br><br>
I've also seen newborn-size onesies that have a big "NO CIRCUMCISION" message on it. I don't know about hospital dressing policies, though, as we had a homebirth.<br><br>
Good luck!
 
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