So tonight we went to the required tour/orientation so we can birth at our local midwife birth center. Toward the end, the nurse who was leading the tour asked for any questions. One woman who was apparently the mom accompanying her pregnant daughter asked, "What if you have a baby boy and want him circumcised?" and the nurse simply told her that you would make arrangements with your pediatrician. I was really shocked that it had come up, and I felt I so needed to say something, but what and how? I had never met any of those people and it wasn't like an open discussion group. Then one of the midwives answered a few more questions, and asked if there was anything else, so I asked her where we would go if we wanted a baby girl circumcised. She said she hadn't heard of such a thing, and I said, "you never heard of infibulation?" and then she said, "oh, that, well I would call it something else." I don't even know if the woman who originally asked about boys heard this exchange or not. Or if she would make the connection to her question or not. Or if they would think I seriously wanted to do that to a girl; of course I was trying to put the idea out there that why is it okay for boys then? But it just makes me so irritated that so many in the birth/childcare field are OH SO RESPECTFUL of the parents choice in this matter that they don't say ANYTHING. Like, could they not have simply pointed out that you could get your ped to do it BUT it is not medically recommended??? Not that I would expect them to launch into a tirade against circ, but to simply point out to those who are expecting their first children that the procedure is NOT MEDICALLY NECESSARY?? or heaven forbid actually recommend that the prospective parents carefully look into what is really involved before doing it? I mean, their whole philosophy as a middwifery practice is to inform the women of their options in care, all the risks/benefits of procedures and let the woman then decide what treatment she wants. Wouldn't they also suggest parents become INFORMED about risks and "benefits" of circ? It is sad to think this group is so dedicated to caring for and empowering women but don't seem to care about protecting children.