Protect Your Son From Forced Foreskin Retraction

It happens much more often than it should: a parent feels extremely bothered or angered by an experience at a pediatrician’s office in which a nurse or doctor forcibly retracts the foreskin of an intact child. This can result in pain, crying, redness, bleeding, small tears, swelling and obvious discomfort for the boy. Sometimes this … Continue reading “Protect Your Son From Forced Foreskin Retraction”

Psychology Today’s Series on Circumcision

In September 2011, Psychology Today began a six-part series on circumcision. The series covers a wide range of related topics from anatomy to ethics, myths to hygiene, and more. Each article is accurate and informative. If you haven’t read up on this topic yet, this is a great place to start. Part 1: Myths About … Continue reading “Psychology Today’s Series on Circumcision”

The AAP Statement on Circumcision

As anticipated, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued an update to their Circumcision Policy Statement today, as they periodically do. It is deeply disappointing that while other nations are taking steps to protect the genital integrity of both boys and girls, we Americans once again fail to make a firm stand to protect our male … Continue reading “The AAP Statement on Circumcision”

Reasons to Circumcise a Baby Boy

As a childbirth educator and doula, circumcision is a regular topic in class and with doula clients as well as on various forums I’m on, so I have heard quite a variety of reasons why parents choose to circumcise their baby boy. For some parents, these discussions are the first time they really realize they … Continue reading “Reasons to Circumcise a Baby Boy”

Lending Library

”Natural childbirth isn’t when you do nothing to prepare for the birth; on the contrary, it only happens when you do many things to prepare.” ~ Dawn Freeman “I usually claim that pregnant women should not read books about pregnancy and birth. Their time is too precious. They should, rather, watch the moon and sing to their … Continue reading “Lending Library”

Birth of an Intactivist

Had someone told me (or my husband) ten years ago that I’d spend hours talking to complete strangers over the phone about penises – keeping them intact, circumcising them, cleaning them, restoring their foreskins etc – I’d have thought they were nuts. I would not have believed you if you had told me I’d be … Continue reading “Birth of an Intactivist”

Ten Ways You Can Help Keep Babies Intact

If you feel that the practice of infant male circumcision is abhorrent and should stop, please know that you CAN make a difference! There are a lot of ways you can help and you can do as much or as little as you are able. If your efforts save even one baby from this surgery, … Continue reading “Ten Ways You Can Help Keep Babies Intact”

The Fabulous Functional Foreskin

Ever wonder why anyone would remove a healthy organ from a newborn baby? Me too! Maybe it’s because of the old mistaken impression that it’s “just a little snip” or “just a flap of skin”. Today we know that couldn’t be further from the truth. We have learned so much more about the important function … Continue reading “The Fabulous Functional Foreskin”

10 Reasons NOT to Circumcise

The “circumcision decision” is really no decision at all. Circumcision is a painful and risky surgery that deprives over a million boys each year of healthy, functional tissue, while wasting health care dollars that could be spent on medically necessary services. Read these “Ten reasons NOT to circumcise your baby” courtesy of Intact America, and … Continue reading “10 Reasons NOT to Circumcise”