Saturday, May 23, 2015

Should I Circumcise? The Pros and Cons of Infant Circumcision



New to the subject of infant circumcision and the benefits of the prepuce ('foreskin')? The following are resources others have found useful when looking into the subject for the first time. They are meant to be a starting point in a deeper investigation and further research for expecting parents today.

Functions of the Foreskin: http://www.drmomma.org/2009/09/functions-of-foreskin-purposes-of.html

Intact vs. Circumcised: A Significant Difference in the Adult Penis: http://www.drmomma.org/2011/08/intact-or-circumcised-significant.html 

Why did circumcision start as we now know it in the U.S.? Hear from some original doctors on the matter: http://www.savingsons.org/2012/07/circumcision-to-reduce-mens-sexual.html

Faith Considerations on Circumcision (if this matters to an individual - resources by/for Jews, Christians, and Muslims): http://www.drmomma.org/2011/01/faith-considerations-on-circumcision.html

Peer reviewed research (studies published in medical journals): http://www.drmomma.org/2007/01/circumcision-studies.html

Are there medical benefits to circumcision? Read national medical statements from around the world: http://www.drmomma.org/2014/08/medical-organization-position.html

Physicians' thoughts within the medical field today: FB.com/IntactCare

Well researched books written on the subject: http://astore.amazon.com/savingsons.org-20

Dr. Ryan McAllister's Georgetown video lecture, Elephant in the Hospital (also included on DVD in the info pack below): http://vimeo.com/26130057

Dr. Christopher Guest's video, Circumcision: The Whole Story: http://youtu.be/SeAXantm4tE

Intact Care: http://www.drmomma.org/2009/06/how-to-care-for-intact-penis-protect.html
Circumcision Care: http://www.nocirc.org/publish/pamphlet5.html

The two most common forms of circumcision in North American today: 

Gomco: http://www.savingsons.org/2011/01/neonatal-circumcision-video-for.html

Plastibell: http://www.drmomma.org/2009/08/plastibell-infant-circumcision.html [Note that the Plastibell is the type of circumcision most often referred to as a 'no-cutting' or 'no-blood' method.]

Outcome Statistics: Circumcised and Intact: http://www.drmomma.org/2010/01/cut-vs-intact-outcome-statistics.html

Men speak on the subject: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.487363627949430.115346.166998263319303
Over 250,000 men are restoring some of what was lost to circumcision. It improves sex in a wide variety of ways. Google 'foreskin restoration' and check out any of these resources: http://www.savingsons.org/2009/10/foreskin-restoration.html

The Real Reason You're Circumcised from College Humor: http://www.collegehumor.com/video/6966989/the-real-reason-youre-circumcised

8 articles published at Psychology Today: http://www.savingsons.org/2011/10/psychology-today-circumcision-series.html

For those with older sons who were circumcised: 
Public Page: FB.com/FutureSons 
Private Discussion Group: FB.com/groups/FutureSons
Related items from others with circumcised sons: http://www.drmomma.org/2010/05/i-circumcised-my-son-healing-from.html 

What does this have to do with WOMEN? 
SexAsNatureIntendedIt.com
Book by same title: http://astore.amazon.com/savingsons.org-20

How Male Circumcision Impacts Your Love Life: http://www.drmomma.org/2009/10/how-male-circumcision-impacts-your-love.html

Women's Health and Male Circumcision Resource List: http://www.drmomma.org/2009/07/how-male-circumcision-impacts-women.html

HIV/AIDS and the African Trials: www.AIDSCirc.org and the HIV resource page: http://www.drmomma.org/2014/01/hiv-aids-circumcision-resources.html

50 Reasons to Leave it Alone: http://www.drmomma.org/2010/11/50-reasons-to-leave-it-alone.html 

The Info Pack (includes a DVD with several videos and 80 pages of materials) or "Expecting?" New parent packets (materials without the DVDs or full articles): http://www.savingsons.org/p/info-pack.html

Informational items: http://www.savingsons.org/p/info-cards.html

Questions? 

Email SavingSons@gmail.com at any time. We have several clinicians who volunteer their time to field questions, and if we're not able to answer, we'll seek out a place to go for further information.

If you find these resources to be of use, please help support SOS and work we do. We continue solely by volunteers' time and generosity. See current needs at: http://www.savingsons.org/p/sponsor-son-waiting-list.html or give directly: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=G6VLETWSGSR22


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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Mother's Day: A Gift to Honor Mom



Celebrate the special mom in your life this Mother's Day by giving a powerful baby-saving gift in her honor. With your donation to Saving Our Sons, your mom will receive an email telling her that you gave in her name, and be mailed a special card and keep-sake Baby-Saving Mom magnet (as well as a few intact info cards for her to share). One lucky mom from among those honored will also win a $25.00 Amazon gift card (drawn at random on Mother's Day).

In addition, all are invited to share a photo of the baby-saving mom you know, with some words about what makes her fabulous, and we'll add your Mother's Day wishes to our Baby Saving Moms album on Facebook. [Email this to SavingSons@gmail.com]


Saving Our Sons donations in the following amounts help to cover important efforts each week: 

$20 - One expecting mother/family - materials that are sent in the form of an info pack, DVD, book, and being connected with a local resource

$25 - Five small 'Expecting?' information packages designed to introduce new families-to-be to a variety of baby-friendly subjects, including intact info

$40 - Ten 'Don't Retract' physicians' packs mailed to clinicians who are known to have forcibly retracted (and/or encouraged improper care) in the past 8 weeks.

$50 - Stocking supplies needed for 1/2 an intact info booth at a baby/maternity expo, family fair, or health conference

$60 - Materials for one expecting family AND  ten 'don't retract' packs to clinicians

$75 - Stocking of 1/2 an intact expo booth AND five 'Expecting' information packs to new families

$80 - Professionally made signs for genital autonomy demonstrations (browse past eventshttp://www.drmomma.org/2007/04/expos-events.html and find upcoming events: https://www.facebook.com/SavingOurSons/events)

$100 - Stocking of all materials needed for one baby, maternity or health expo booth, where information and resources are shared with hundreds of attendees

$150 - Booth entrance fees for one mid-sized exposition (ensuring an intact info booth is able to be established at baby, maternity, family and health fairs across the United States and internationally; See all Saving Our Sons local Intact Chapters leading expo booths: http://www.savingsons.org/p/local-chapters.html)

$300 - Booth entrance fees for one large-sized exposition (baby, maternity, and family state-wide fairs, health conferences)

For mailing to the mom in your life, include:

  • her name
  • her email address
  • her mailing address [Note: If you'd prefer to forgo mailing items, and only send a digital card, include an email address only.]
  • select the Pink Orchids or Green Zen card
  • select the Baby Feet or Baby Legs magnet

Include the above information in a note with your donation to Saving Our Sons, or email to SavingSons@gmail.com 

Email will be sent on Mother's Day morning (Sunday, May 10th) to all mothers whose addresses are received by midnight 5.9.15. Parcels will ship immediately and may take 2-5 business days to arrive depending on distance from New York.

Pink Orchid Card (above)


Green Zen Card (below)

Baby Feet Magnet (above) 
(include a note with your choice)
Baby Legs Magnet (below)

Back side of all cards includes an informative selection of facts and helpful sites: 


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Need to drop a suggestion to your loved ones? Grab any of the images below to post with a link to this page for sharing.

And THANK YOU for saving babies. 







Tuesday, March 24, 2015

✮ Please Support Genital Integrity Awareness Week 2015 ✮



Genital Integrity Awareness Week 2015 kicked off in March, and we need YOUR help to make this year's 7-day event a life-changing one. As advocates travel to D.C. to participate, and floods of tourists the world over gather in Washington D.C. for the height of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, it is imperative that everyone in attendance has easy to access materials on hand. Items that parents and professionals, young and old, from all backgrounds and locations in life will want to take home with them for further review. Making this happen takes a significant amount of planning and organization on the part of many people, and it also takes financial support.

If you have never been to GIAW in D.C., allow us to paint a quick picture:

You are standing with half a dozen others in front of the U.S. Capitol, and a group of 400 senior high students come up interested in what you have to share. Their teachers and chaperones are doing their best to shuffle them quickly by for a group picture and have them file back onto the bus. A lot of the time they are yelling at students to ignore demonstrators and to 'not take anything!' You have less than 5 minutes to talk with as many of these young people -- future parents who will be determining the rate of genital autonomy in the next generation -- as you can and get items into their hands that they will not toss onto the ground or into the trash, but actually want to take back with them, look up on their phone once they're on the bus, and hold onto for curiosity's sake.

This happens every single hour. Sometimes multiple times an hour. Sun-up to sun-down. The need is great. The impact is monumental. And we need your support in this important effort.


Individuals: If you are sponsoring in honor of someone, we invite you to include a note with your gift of any amount.

Businesses and Groups: Please include a note with your organization name/URL. Sponsors will be shared with the peaceful parenting Facebook and Twitter communities, as well as the Saving Our Sons and Genital Integrity Awareness Week audiences on both social networks. Businesses donating $100 or more will also have a hyperlinked image or logo featured on the front page of DrMomma.org and SavingSons.org throughout the entire month of March. Google stats puts DrMomma readership at approximately 500,000/month, with 152,000+ on Facebook and Twitter. The Saving Our Sons community has over 53,000 active members. Sponsors will also be permanently listed at the Genital Integrity Awareness Week website and featured on the GIAW Facebook page. Visit past sponsors from 2014 and 2013.

If you have an item you wish to donate to benefit GIAW, email SavingSons@gmail.com (In the past baby wraps, carriers, cloth diapers, knitted hats, restoration devices, books and DVDs have been donated to support genital autonomy efforts. Any and all are welcome and appreciated!)

All Supporters: All who register will receive GIAW Registration materials, and attendees will also receive a name tag badge (that attaches to the lanyard) for this year's event. Register as a Supporter or Attendee below, or include a note with your donation to GIAW. You may also email SavingSons@gmail.com at any time.


GIAW Registration:

Add-on Extra Items with Registration:


Select bracelet and cards from among those here: http://www.savingsons.org/p/info-cards.html
Include a note during check-out or email to SavingSons@gmail.com If not otherwise indicated, a black 'His Body, His Choice' bracelet will be sent with an assortment of cards.

Note that the GIAW event is not registered as a federal charity as of Feb 2015, and therefore donations are not currently IRS tax deductible. All activities and events hosted happen because of voluntary efforts and grassroots action and fundraising.

On behalf of the next generation of babies to be born, and the adults they will become -
Thank you for supporting GIAW!

 

Code for sharing via email:

By Mail To:

Saving Our Sons
P.O. Box 1302
Virginia Beach, VA 23451


Progress To Goal:
$2,420 raised (4.3.15 update)


GIAW Business Sponsors
Please visit and support these intact-friendly businesses!

Wrapsody: The Wraparound Baby Carrier
Wrapsody on Facebook

SavingGreys Martingale Collars
SavingGreys on Facebook


Placenta Benefits.info
Placenta Benefits on Facebook


Gentle Roots Doula
serving clients in upstate New York
Gentle Roots Doula on Facebook


Holistic Parenting Magazine
Holistic Parenting on Facebook
*Genital autonomy advocates can subscribe to Holistic Parenting for 10% off!
Use code: HOLISTIC when subscribing.


Dr. Jessica Rivera - The Bump Doctor
TheBumpDoc.com - Papillion, NE

Adrienne Carmack, M.D.
AdrienneCarmack.com
Author of Reclaiming My Birth Rights
Dr. Carmack on Facebook


Crunchy Mom Shop
Advocates: Take 10% off your Crunchy Mom Shop order with code: GIAW10
Crunchy Mom Shop on Facebook


Domino Pads
Domino Pads on Facebook


Peaceful Beginnings from Rosemary
Rosemary Romberg, author of Circumcision: The Painful Dilemma


CAT II Q Foreskin Restoration Device
CatStretcher.com


Intact Illinois
Public Chapter Page: FB.com/IntactIL
Discussion group for advocates within Illinois:
FB.com/groups/IntactIL

Express Pediatrics
ExpressPediatrics.com
Serving children and their families in the Hopewell Junction area of New York.
On Facebook: FB.com/ExpressPediactrics


Little Moon Birth Photography
LittleMoonBirthPhotography.weebly.com
On Facebook: FB.com/LittleMoonBirthPhotography

ManHood: The foreskin substitute for circumcised men.
Restoring penis sensitivity since 1995.
ManHood.mb.ca
On Facebook: FB.com/ManHoodCanada


Organic Lifestyle Magazine
OrganicLifestyleMagazine.com
On Facebook: FB.com/OrganicLifestyleMagazine

The National Organization of Restoring Men
NORM.org
On Facebook: FB.com/RestoringMen

Intact Michigan
Public Chapter: FB.com/IntactMI
Discussion group for advocates living or working in Michigan: FB.com/groups/IntactMI


GIAW Individual Sponsors

✭ Laurie S. 

✭ Suzanne R.

✭ Honor S.

✭ David G.

✭ Laurie P.

✭ Vivi M.
"In honor of little Phineas - a very happy, 19-months-old, intact, little man."

✭ Hope C.

✭ Karen G.

✭ Rob J.

✭ Brenna F.

✭ Melissa L.

✭ Wendy E.

✭ Gini M.
"In honor of Vladi, whose very existence unwittingly started this all - changing the course of my life, his cousin's, and that of countless other boys."

✭ Charles O.

✭ Richard P.

✭ John P.

✭ Roger H.

✭ Tabitha M.

✭ Dana C.

✭ Sabrina N.

✭ Sarah F.

✭ Ashley S.

✭ Stacey W.

✭ Nancy J.

✭ Cheryl S.

✭ Faith R.

✭ Daniel R.

✭ Natalie W.

✭ Jennifer C.

✭ Corin M.

✭ Cynthia M.

✭ William H.

✭ Nickolas K.

✭ Erin C.

✭Amber D.

✭Amber C.

✭Taylor R.

✭ Noelle L.
"In honor of Cael and Sloan, our perfect boys, and in deep gratitude for the gentle information we found when we silently stalked the Internet."

✭ Danelle F.

✭ John B.

✭ Patrick F.

✭ Christine V.

✭ Erin R.

✭ Rosemary W.







Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Name the SOS "Flat Stanley" Project for Genital Autonomy



The SOS community is embarking on a new venture that is part awareness-raising, part fun! With our "Flat Stanley" project for Genital Autonomy, our little GA person will be traveling across the globe, having photos taken with families like YOU along the way. 

But before we get started, we need a name... Something catchy, fun, inclusive of all sexes (all, regardless of sex, are equally deserving of intact genitals), and related in some fashion to genital autonomy and/or saving babies.  You can submit your ideas at the Saving Our Sons Facebook page, in a comment below this post, or by email to SavingSons@gmail.com  On Saturday, Jan 17 we will select a winning name for the project from among those submitted, and the individual whose idea it is will win a limited edition genital autonomy water bottle and GA wristband of your choice! [These items and more are also available for purchase herehttp://www.savingsons.org/p/info-cards.html

If you would like to be one of the first families to receive this GA person when it heads out on the town, send your mailing name and address to SavingSons@gmail.com When our project kicks off this Saturday (under its new name) there will be four steps involved: 

1) The GA person will arrive to you in an envelope with a log chart. Write your name/location on the log chart in the next available sign-in spot.
2) Take a picture with, or of, the GA person in a local spot (this could be your favorite place, a local landmark, something representative of how you spend your day, your child's favorite park, etc.).
3) Send this photo to SavingSons@gmail.com or post to the Saving Our Sons Facebook page, noting where it was taken.
4) Email to receive the next family's address for mailing, and send the GA person along to the next stop. [Note that this will take 1 envelope and 1 first class stamp for mailing]. Please only participate if you will follow through with this last step in a timely manner. You may wish to write a little note of genital autonomy (or add a sticker) to the outside of the envelopment before mailing. Seed of information are planted by those who see the envelope along the way... 

KIDS: To color the International Symbol of Genital Autonomy on your own, have a parent print the outlined version from www.GenitalAutonomySymbol.org  Print at 45% if you'd like to cut it out to fit inside a standard 4x6 envelope. 



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