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I'd really like to get my local hospital to consider no longer soliciting circumcisions...wouldn't that be nice!! To those of you who work in the medical profession, is there usually some sort of ethics board or committee that decides hospital wide policy? Would they have the authority to tell doctors and nurses not to ask parents about it? It seems to me that if a parent wanted surgery on their son's penis, they would ask! My thought was to quote the AAP policy, to emphasize the fact that this is not a medically indicated procedure...and why the heck was I asked 5 times if I'd like to have part of my son cut off...you know?<br><br>
I'd love to hear what your experience has been!<br><br>
Anne
 

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i have wondered about that too. why even ask? like you said, if you wanted it done, you would say so, right? i imagine that by them asking so often it makes new parents think its something that they should, or need to do.
 

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Hmm. I work at a hospital and my first thought was to have an employee submit the suggestion through their employee suggestion program (most hospitals have one). We have managed to get our hospital working through the process of becoming certified "baby friendly" which includes giving up all of the freebies from the formula companies and not giving out formula diaper bags to new moms through employee suggestions. Unfortunately baby friendly certification has no requirements re circ.<br><br>
I do think that our hospital was open to the idea b/c it is a feather in their cap, so to speak, to have a certification that other local hospitals don't. I don't know of any similar "feathers" relating to not soliciting circ, though.<br><br>
If you don't know any employees, I'd give a try with approaching the director of the birthing area or the chief nursing officer.
 

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I hear your frustruation! I was asked by the midwife that delivered me, the midwife that rounded on me the next day, and one of the their backup MDs if I wanted a circ. I had them write a large NO next to circumcision in my Antepartum records at my first visit and I circled NO on my pre-admission database (something only the L&D and postpartum nurses look at really). Unfortunately, I think it's so ingrained in all of them to ask so it doesn't delay the discharge process since babies can't be discharged until 4 hours post circ, preferably with a post-circ void...and with circumcision bringing in revenue for the hospital, I doubt they'd want to do anything to discourage it...same goes for the doctors. I once had an OB doc have a mom sign the circ consent form in the delivery room as soon as she finished suturing her perineum (for a circ to be done the following morning)...I wonder if someone 15 minutes postpartum is really in any shape to give informed consent. It would be great if circumcision could only be discussed if the parents brought it up and if informed consent meant parents were required to watch the circ video first.
 

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You could write your letter and address it to any or all of the following.<br><br>
Hospital Administrator<br>
Director of Medical Policy<br>
Postpartum Head Nurse<br>
Director of Maternity Unit<br>
Chief of Staff<br>
Medical Director<br><br>
Parents who have been asked more than once are the ideal people to write. If we don't bring it to their attention, how will they know there is a concern in the community.<br><br>
There is such a fear amongst medical professionals right now about the dangers of hospital acquired infections that it is very timely to be jogging them about unnecessary surgeries.<br><br>
Please let us know when you get responses to your letters and, thanks.
 

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Oh my gosh...I was asked not 30 seconds after my son left my womb! It was not my OB, but the on-call one...I'd just been through 2 1/2 hours of pushing. Danny had fluid in his tummy and lungs (I think) and they were pumping it out of him. So there he is supposedly having trouble breathing and doc is asking if I want him circ'd? I was really PO'd. He hadn't even begun to stitch me up.<br><br>
The titles help me a lot...that way I can just call and ask for the appropriate names.<br><br>
Yes I suppose I'd be a good candidate to write a letter huh? :)<br><br>
I hadn't thought of the waiting period before discharge issue...since of course I said no each time.
 
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