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 many families have found useful when looking at the subject for the first time. They are meant to be a starting point into deeper investigation and further research that is widely available today. If you only have a short period of time to spend on this topic, a blue star marks films with physicians' statements who are in practice today, as well as medical professionals' materials. If you're interested in joining in conversation with others, the following groups are safe spaces to bring up related questions: Saving Our Sons CommunityIntact: Healthy, Happy, WholeRaising BoysIt's a Boy!Peaceful Intact EducationPeaceful Parenting Community

★ Functions of the Foreskin:

★ Foreskin and its 16+ Functions (not 'just skin'):

★ Intact vs. Circumcised: A Significant Difference in the Adult Penis:

Why did circumcision start as we now know it in the U.S.? Hear from some original doctors on the matter:
A Brief History in Physicians' Own Words
Circumcision to Reduce Men's Pleasure

★ Are there medical benefits to circumcision? Read national medical statements from around the world:

Physicians' thoughts within the medical field
• Notably, Dr. Morton Frisch: Time for U.S. Parents to Reconsider the Acceptability of Infant Male Circumcision
• Peer reviewed research (studies published in medical journals):

Well researched BOOKS written on the subject:
Marked in Your Flesh
Circumcision: A History
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Circumcision
Doctors Re-examine Circumcision
Circumcision, The Hidden Trauma
Circumcision Exposed
The Foreskin and Why You Should Keep It
Circumcision: A Jewish Perspective
Celebrating Brit Shalom

 VIDEO: Dr. Ryan McAllister Georgetown University video lecture, Elephant in the Hospital (also included on DVD in the Saving Our Sons Info Pack):

 VIDEO: Dr. Christopher Guest, Circumcision: The Whole Story:

★ VIDEO: American Circumcision documentary on Netflix:

VIDEO: Whose Body, Whose Rights? Award-winning circumcision documentary:

VIDEO: The Real Reason You're Circumcised from College Humor:

VIDEO: Penn & Teller: Bullsh*t Circumcision Episode:

★ Intact Care:
Circumcision Care:

The two most common forms of circumcision in North American today: 
• Gomco:
• Plastibell: [Note that Plastibell is the type of circumcision most often mistakenly referred to as a 'no-cutting' or 'no-blood' method.]

Outcome Statistics (Circumcised vs. Intact):

Men speak |
• Facebook conversations by men:

Over 250,000 men are restoring some of what was lost to circumcision. It improves sexual pleasure in a wide variety of ways. Google Foreskin Restoration and check out any of these resources:

Psychology Today article collection:

For those with older sons who were circumcised: 
Keeping Future Sons Intact Public Page: 
Discussion Group:
Articles written by those with circumcised sons: 

What does this have to do with WOMEN? 
• Sex As Nature Intended It:
  Book by same title:
• How Male Circumcision Impacts Your Love Life:
• Women's Health and Male Circumcision Resource List:

Faith Considerations on Circumcision
• Resources by/for Jews, Christians, and Muslims:
• For Jews - Intact Jewish Network
• For Muslims - Intact Muslim Network 

HIV/AIDS and the African Trials:

50 Reasons to Leave it Alone: 

If you'd like to join a community of parents (many with both circumcised and intact sons) to ask questions while making your decision, you are welcome to the Intact: Healthy, Happy, Whole group. Everyone is welcome to this safe-space, non-venting community group. The Saving Our Sons Community Group is for those who are already pro-intact advocates, and families raising intact sons.

For Sharing Educational Items

★ The Info Pack (includes a DVD with several videos and full length articles); the smaller Expecting Pack; Postcards for a Friend; or have a professional exchange online correspondence via email or Facebook message by writing to SavingSons(at)

Informational items (cards, stickers, bracelets, etc.):

Please feel free to email SavingSons(at) any time. Several clinicians volunteer 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 Saving Our Sons and work we do. We continue solely by volunteers' time and generosity. See current needs at: or give directly:

The Penis: Sex Education 101 with Marilyn Milos


Genital Integrity Awareness Week 2019

Registration and Sponsorship also at:

Genital Integrity Awareness Week 2019 takes place March 28-April 3 and we need your help to make this year's Washington D.C. event a powerful one! As advocates travel to D.C. to participate, and floods of tourists the world over gather in D.C. for the height of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, we strive to have intact materials on hand to reach a large number of people at our nation's capitol. These are 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, organization, and resources on the part of many people, and it also takes financial support.

If you have never been to GIAW in D.C., here's a quick snapshot of a day's event:

We are standing with a dozen others in front of the U.S. Capitol, with giant pro-intact signs that draw people in, and can be seen from the streets all around the Capitol's bus route. A group of 200 senior high students come up, interested in what we have to share. Teachers shuffle students along for group photos, and we have mere minutes to plant seeds of information, respond to quick questions, and get interesting materials into hands of these future parents -- materials they eagerly take with them because their curiosity is spiked! Students grab things to take back on the bus (bracelets, cards, stickers, buttons), and look things up on their phone on their way to their next destination... This happens every single hour. Multiple times a day. Sun-up to sun-down. The need is great for GIAW. The impact is monumental. And we need your support in this important effort.

We will also be hosting two booths with free materials on the West Lawn:

The Men's Health table includes a variety of restoration devices for men to hold, learn about, and explore their options; information on adult sexual health, and the impact that genital cutting and restoration has on adult men and their partners.

The Baby Health table includes instruments used in infant circumcision, information on the purposes of the foreskin, intact care materials, and resources for parents to pass on to friends and their home care provider. This table also has items for our young visitors because families who stop to talk often have children who want things of their own (child sized bracelets, stickers, bubbles, coloring pages, flags, hats, etc.).

Business Sponsors: Please include a note with your GIAW contribution and your organization name/URL that you'd like to have linked (website, Facebook page, etc.). With your support of $100 or more, we invite you to provide an image/logo or coupon to be shared with the community at large. Email this to, or we will create one for you. Your business or group will be featured at at the main GIAW website, at, and at, as well as with social media circles of Peaceful ParentingSaving Our Sons, The Intact NetworkGIAW, Intact State Chapters, and be permanently linked at Genital Integrity Awareness Week and found on Google.

GIAW Sponsors:  2019  |  2018  |  2017  |  2016  |  2015  |  2014  |  2013

Individuals: If you are sponsoring in honor of someone, we invite you to include a message with your gift and it will be included below. Individual sponsors will be listed by first name, last initial only for privacy.

Supporters: All supporting GIAW 2019 with your gift of any amount will receive commemorative vinyl decals with additional intact awareness stickers to plant in your area, if a mailing address is provided. For GIAW sponsors giving $25 or more, a registration pack (below) will be shipped, or can be picked up in DC.

Support on Etsy, or by PayPal, or by mail (below). Include a note with your address and selection choices, or email this to

Registration and Thank You packs include:

• 5 GIAW 2019 / Child Abuse Prevention Month vinyl decal stickers (3x3 inches)
• 1 GIAW 2019 commemorative button
• 5 American Circumcision and 5 Elephant in the Hospital waterproof, vinyl stickers for seed-planting in your area
• 1 intact bracelet of your choice (view options)
• 1 intact pen of your choice (view options)
• Set of 25 vinyl stickers or professionally made cards of your choice (see sticker options here | see card options here
* If attending GIAW and picking up in DC: intact water bottle - or add $5 more to your donation to cover extra shipping and include a note that you'd like the water bottle 

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

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

PayPal Friends/Family To:
(no PayPal fee withdrawn)

GIAW 2019 Organization Sponsors
Please visit and support these intact-friendly businesses and groups!

NORM: National Organization of Restoring Men | Facebook | Twitter

Moon Bunny Arts
hand crafted custom designs for birth, babies, and beyond
Etsy | Facebook

Intact Virginia
Public Chapter | Group for Virginia Residents

Intact New Hampshire
Public Chapter | Group for New Hampshire Residents

Daniel A. of the Intact Muslim Network
Public Chapter | Related Materials

Peaceful Parenting Tennessee
If you're in the state of Tennessee, join us!

Individual GIAW 2019 Supporters
Thank you greatly for your generosity and support!

★ Kirk C.
A very special thank you to Kirk for sponsoring 50% of all GIAW 2019 expenses!

★ Michael M., Intact Pride

★ Daniel A., Intact Muslim Network

★ Christina H., Intact Virginia

★ Michelle P.

★ Robert B.

★ Deborah S.

★ Joe P.

★ Frederick F.

★ Elana J., Intact Jewish Network

★ Karen H.

★ Wendy B.

★ Sean B.

★ Marc D. 

★ Elizabeth M. 

★ Danelle D.
"In honor of my healthy, happy, whole children,
and the future men we will save who will be 'born perfect' as babies this year!"

★ David Wilson, GIAW Founder

★ Ryan L.

Brittany W.
"#SaveAllTheBabies!! πŸ™πŸ‘ΆπŸΌπŸ™πŸ‘ΆπŸΌπŸ™"

★ Justin L.

★ Russell S.
"I hope to one day see a world where we no longer suffer under genital mutilation. I can't afford much, as I am fighting my own battles, but I hope this helps bring us closer to a pain free future. Free from depression, resentment, suicidal thoughts, and shame. Keep fighting the good fight, for those of us who can't."

★ Nancy J.

★ Jennifer R.

★ Julie V.

Happily Nursing!

★ Amanda A.

★ Jill K.

★ Heidi B.

★ Dolores S.

★ Luke O.

★ Lindsey J.

★ Jenifer M.
"Thank you all for working so hard for this important cause!"

★ Brittany C.

★ David B.

★ Lauren W.

★ Faith R.

* Sponsors of the Silent Survivors Stand *
(circumstraints we're adding this year)

★ Roger D.
A big thank you to Roger for donating the funds needed to add 2 additional (used) circumstraints to the Silent Survivors Stand (to be used at expos across the nation throughout the rest of the year as well)!

★ Robert J.
A very special Thank You to Robert for donating funds needed for one full (used) circumstraint!

★ Kirk C.
Sincere Thank You to Kirk for donating funds needed for one full (used) circumstraint!

★ Christina H.

★ Michelle P.

★ Adrienne C.

★ Charles W.

★ Noelle L., Intact Tennessee / Intact Tennessee group for those in-state

 ★ Gini M., Intact Nebraska / Intact Nebraska group for those in-state

★ Amber C., Intact Houston / Intact Texas group for those in-state

★ Gingi Freeman Photography in Visalia, CA:

★ Graham R.

 ★ Eli S.

* Sponsors of Intact-Info Flags *

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Amber A. - Thursday AM Flags
 πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Rebecca W. - portion of Thursday PM Flags
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Andrea A. - portion of Thursday PM Flags

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Tara D. - Friday AM Flags
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Angela B. - Friday PM Flags

 SATURDAY (Capitol & White House):
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Joe P. - all Saturday's Flags

 GIAW MARCH U.S. Capitol -- White House:
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Elizabeth L. - all Flags for Marching

 SUNDAY (and the GA Clothesline event):
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Rebecca W. - all Sunday's Flags

 MONDAY (and the Silent Survivors Stand):
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Janet M. - all Monday's Flags

 TUESDAY (and 'Kids Day'):
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Kirk C. - all Tuesday's Flags

 WEDNESDAY (GIAW 2019 Final Day):
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Kirk C. - All Wednesday's Flags

(3,000 vinyl waterproof stickers, 2 per flag) 
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Christina H. - portion of Flag Vinyl Stickers
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Ryan L. - portion of Flag Vinyl Stickers
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ  Chad R. - remaining need for Flag Vinyl Stickers
"In support of friend, Shane Brewster."

Unless we reach full funding, we cannot purchase new kids signs this year. If your children borrow a sign at GIAW for the march, PLEASE return it to David's wagon so that they can be used through the rest of the GIAW week, and at rallies in the future. If you'd like to keep the sign you carry, replacements are $20 that can be given to David Wilson, Danelle Day, Karen Glennon, Christina Heydecke, Nick Baade, or Brian Brown. Thank you!

Allocation of GIAW 2019 Funds
(please help us reach our needed goal to stock GIAW 2019!) 

$600 new giant banners for self-standing on each side of the Capitol West Wall, and signage that will continue to be used throughout the year for rallies, expos, events, and future GIAW dates. We especially need 2 new giant vinyl banners with positive, pro-intact messages; we need to replace PVC frames for most of the banners at GIAW this year (approximately $20 per banner to build), and we need a few new signs appropriate for children. Kids love to participate alongside their parents and need fun, age-fitting signs. 

$700 professionally printed materials to give away at GIAW 2019. This week-long event functions as an expo, with booths of items that are entirely free for the public, meeting with people across the West Lawn from sun-up to sun-down each day for 7 days. Having enough well respected, quality literature on hand is crucial to GIAW's success. 

$400 flags for passing out each day during GIAW, as well as along the march route, and giving away at the White House. Each flag will have intact information attached to it on both sides. Flags are *very* popular in DC, at the Capitol, and White House, and frequently chaperone groups who will not allow students to take other materials from GIAW leaders will allow them to accept and take home flags, a hat, or bracelet (getting intact material into their hands). It is important to have enough flags (with stickers attached to each one) for every day during GIAW.

$650 bracelets, buttons, water bottles, and baseball caps to give away throughout the week. These items are key in that they are the most requested items, especially by students - tomorrow's parents. We need materials that young people desire to hold onto, take home with them, and spark interest enough to check out the websites/share with friends. Awareness is key! 

$50 two full-color, full-page books of intact celebrities - one for the men's health booth, and one for the front West Wall of the Capitol where the most conversations take place.

$500 to add additional (used/not supporting the manufacture) circumstraints to the silent men's demonstration at the Capitol West Wall (see photo example below)

$100 demonstration glans/foreskin models (in multiple skin shades) to highlight the normal adhesion of the foreskin to the glans/shaft in infancy, and the probing, severing, and cutting that must take place for infant circumcision to be achieved. These models are highly useful in one-on-one or small group education at expo booths.

If GIAW funds are raised beyond those needed, we will have intact material packs available to go home with people (U.S. advocates, leaders, teachers, and international educators who visit the Capitol during GIAW often ask for packets they can take back home with them to share).  

Lanyard Options to Select From:
• Royal Blue: Genital Autonomy is a Human Right
• Violet: All Babies are Born Perfect
• Hot Pink: Foreskin is Fun & Functional
• Deep Aqua Blue: Boys are Not Born Broken

GIAW 2019 Buttons


Infant Dies from Heart Failure Following Circumcision

Infant dies after parents circumcise him at home in Italy. [Note: cardiac arrest happens in hospital circumcision situations as well. Over 100 boys die each year in the United States during or after hospital circumcision. It is often coded as something other than death due to unnecessary genital surgery. Related Death from Circumcision:]

Associated Press.

A 5-month-old child died at the hospital in Bologna, Italy after suffering cardiac arrest following a home circumcision.

An infant boy in Italy has died as the result of a circumcision performed by his parents at home, according to Italian media reports on Sunday.

The ANSA news agency reported that the 5-month-old baby was brought to a hospital in Bologna by helicopter in cardiac arrest on Friday afternoon and died that night.

The prosecutor's office in the northern province of Reggio Emilia has opened a manslaughter investigation, and the infant will undergo an autopsy.

The tragedy follows a botched home circumcision of a 2-year-old who died of severe blood loss in December in Rome. In that case, his twin brother nearly died, too, but survived following intensive care treatment.

Circumcision is not practiced among Italy's Roman Catholic majority.

Many immigrants in Italy are Muslim and practice circumcision for cultural and religious reasons, but sometimes have trouble accessing the practice in hospitals. [See also: Intact Muslim Network​]

For some, the hospital costs are too high. Also, in some Italian hospitals, doctors refuse to perform circumcisions until the boys have reached the age of 4 or even older.

Foad Aodi, the founder of the association of foreign doctors in Italy (AMSI), has appealed to health authorities to allow circumcisions at affordable prices and to lower the age of access to help fight clandestine attempts at circumcisions. [See also: Functions of Foreskin - benefits of keeping children intact:]

#i2 #CuttingCulture #CircumcisionDeath #MedPro


Courier News AUS:

First Coast News:


Telegraph UK:

Fox Houston:

Stanford University Medicine: Complications of Circumcision

Intact Info Flags Needed for GIAW, Washington D.C. Cherry Blossom Festival

1500 hand-held U.S. flags are needed to pass out during Genital Integrity Awareness Week in Washington D.C. this year. Each flag has 2 patriotic-themed intact information sticker stapled to it (one per side) for awareness raising during this week. This year we will have "Defend HIS Freedom" on one side and "watch American Circumcision on Netflix" on the other side of each individual flag.

Flags are *very* popular in Washington D.C. during the Cherry Blossom Festival, National Kite Festival, at the U.S. Capitol lawn, and at the White House where we march to on Saturday. We could pass out far more than 200 flags per day, but this is our goal to raise funding for, along with an extra 100 for the GIAW March (1500 total).

Frequently, chaperoned groups who will not allow students to take other intact materials from GIAW leaders will allow them to accept and take home flags (getting intact info into their hands)! It is very important to have enough of these U.S. flags (with stickers attached to each one) for every day during GIAW, and for use during the march.

At Amazon flags are approximately $28 per set of 100. If you are able to sponsor one full day ($56), or one 1/2 day ($28) worth of flags, we THANK YOU for your involvement and support of these pivotal GIAW items! To chip in here:

Or via mail to:

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

Sponsors will be listed here and at the permanent GIAW site by first name, last initial only for privacy, or with a business name and link if you'd like to include this.


THURSDAY (GIAW Kick-off, 200 flags):
 πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Amber A. - Thursday AM Flags

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Rebecca W. - portion of Thursday PM Flags
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Andrea A. - portion of Thursday PM Flags

FRIDAY (200 flags):
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Tara D. - Friday AM Flags
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Angela B. - Friday PM Flags

SATURDAY (Capitol & White House, 200 flags):
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Joe P. - all Saturday's Flags

GIAW MARCH U.S. Capitol -- White House (+100 flags):
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Elizabeth L. - all Flags for Marching

SUNDAY (and the GA Clothesline event, 200 flags):
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Rebecca W. - all Sunday's Flags

MONDAY (and the Silent Survivors Stand, 200 flags):
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Janet M. - all Monday's Flags

TUESDAY (and 'Kids Day' - 200 flags):
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Kirk C. - all Tuesday's Flags

WEDNESDAY (GIAW 2019 Final Day - 200 flags):
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Kirk C. - All Wednesday's Flags

(3,000 vinyl waterproof stickers for all flags needed - $65 per style, $130 total)
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Christina H. - portion of vinyl Flag Stickers
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Ryan L. - portion of vinyl Flag Stickers 
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Chad R. - remaining need for Flag vinyl stickers
given in support of friend, Shane Brewster


Virtually ALL passerbys request a flag or two to take home with them -- until we run out of supplies.

GIAW Intact Info Flags

Kids love to hand out flags during GIAW too!

GIAW Leaders handing out flags at White House

Intact Info Flags for tourists headed to the U.S. Capitol

Watch American Circumcision on Netflix stickers

Defend HIS Freedom stickers
Men at GIAW march to the White House: Shane, Brian, Glen, Andrew

Silent Survivors Stand

⭐️⭐️ PLEASE HELP ⭐️⭐️ 

We have the opportunity to purchase 3 (used) circumstraints for use with the Silent Survivors Stand. New circumstraints retail at a hefty $560, and we do not wish to support the manufacture of these devices to grow the powerful SSS. However, a clinic is ceasing their practice of circumcision, and selling their 3 for $175 each. Please help us raise these funds so that 3 additional survivors of genital cutting can take part in the deeply moving Silent Survivors Stand at Genital Integrity Awareness Week this year (and beyond), and get them out of circulation -- using them instead for GOOD!

To Give: or by mail to:

Saving Our Sons
PO Box 1302
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

We will update in the comments below and on Facebook with our progress toward needed funds to make this purchase, and publicly thank donors at the GIAW Sponsors page (first name only for privacy, or group/business link).

THANK YOU for helping us get these, and to educate and raise awareness year round!!

Note: If you have a business or group you'd like cited as a sponsor of #GIAW this year, please include this information in your PayPal notes or email

2019 GIAW Sponsors:

#MenSpeak #SSS #SOSSSS #SilentSurvivorsStand #i2

⭐️ THANK YOU to Robert J. (pictured below) for his gift of funding one full (used) circumstraint for these awareness raising efforts! We have been honored to work with you, Robert, over the past decade at educational efforts in D.C. and value your contribution to the cause!

⭐️ THANK YOU to Kirk C. for his generous gift of funding one full (used) circumstraint for the Silent Survivors Stand! Kirk has been an instrumental part of getting GIAW off the ground this year, assisting with 20% of GIAW needs overall as well. The lives we will impact and the numbers we will reach this year will be incredible! 

THANK YOU also to the following individuals for helping to cover the 3rd (used) circumstraint: 

⭐️ Christina H. 

⭐️ Michelle P. 

⭐️ Adrienne C. 

⭐️ Charles W.

⭐️ Noelle L., of Intact Tennessee / Intact Tennessee group for those in-state

⭐️ Gini M., of Intact Nebraska / Intact Nebraska group for those in-state

⭐️ Amber C., of Intact Houston / Intact Texas group for those in-state

⭐️ Gingi Freeman Photography in Visalia, CA: 

⭐️ Graham R. 

⭐️ Eli S. 

Robert J. who funded the addition of one circumstraint toward the Silent Survivors Stand

Silent Survivors Stand at GIAW 2019:

There will be an SSS for those survivors who wish to participate at the U.S. Capitol 30 minutes before we pack up each evening of GIAW; and 30 minutes after arriving to the White House on Saturday of the GIAW March.

We currently have 10 circumstraints for use in the SSS, and are striving to raise funds for 3 additional. If you have a circumstraint you'd like to donate toward the SSS, or sell to GIAW for a reasonable amount, please message the GIAW FB page or email

The SSS is a very powerful performance art piece that greatly moves those looking on. There are no spoken words or movements. Survivors of genital cutting each hold a circumstraint above their head, and/or in front of their chest, dressed casually in their everyday attire, for a moment of silence in deep honor and authentic recognition. Reflecting on this display, one gentleman, Michael, observed, "Silence, used in the right context, is DEAFENING. This can have a profound effect when used properly, and this is certainly one of those instances."

During the SSS, materials are shared quietly and gently with those looking on so that they know what they are observing, and have a place to go for further information. Onlookers tend to gravitate toward this piece, with open eyes and inquisitive minds. Respectful outreach and compassionate connection is possible, and lives are changed for the better.

The Silent Survivors Stand began in 2011 when our beloved friend and fellow advocate, Van Lewis, left this earth, and his wife, Mary Alda, donated his educational circumstraint to Danelle Day of Saving Our Sons.

The first year, three survivors each separately took a stand with our single circumstraint - John B., Jonathon Conte, and David Wilson - in Washington D.C. in honor of Van, and all others impacted by genital cutting.

We have made attempts to add at least one used circumstraint to the SSS in the years since, so that more survivors may participate collectively during public events. Saving Our Sons is exclusively run by volunteers and donation, and we thank you for being a part of this important effort in any way that fits you.

Baby Boy Struggles with Circumcision Hemorrhage: Mom Pleads with Parents to Reconsider

Tennessee mom, Shyanne, and her little one need love and healing as they wrestle with one of the worst outcomes of infant circumcision that we see far too often among newborn babies in the United States each week.

She publicly writes:

If everyone could please continue to pray for my sweet sweet baby. They are keeping us overnight at Children’s to monitor everything, and I will post updates as I find out. Yesterday I made the worst decision of my life. I regret strongly how I allowed my doctor to torture my son, and I will never forgive myself. I 'researched' circumcision when I was pregnant, and saw that it was cleaner, prevented UTIs, infection, and STDs, and I believed it... Please consider this before making the decision to get your baby circumcised! This is something that will haunt me for the rest of my life, something that I can’t take back... Not just a surgery gone wrong, but a surgery that should have never happened. 

An IV line is commonly placed into the scalp of a newborn baby if their peripheral veins are otherwise inaccessible, while they are in intense pain, hemorrhaging, or dehydrated (causing vasoconstriction). 

Related Reading:

Stanford University Medicine: Complications of infant circumcision:

Pediatric Surgery International: Late complications of newborn circumcision:

Keeping Future Sons Intact (testimonies from parents who regret circumcision): and

Death From Circumcision:

Dr. Ryan McAllister, Georgetown University: Death from Circumcision Higher Than Suffocation and Auto Accidents: 

Intact vs. Circumcised: Outcome Statistics

Bollinger, Dan. "Lost Boys: An Estimate of U.S. Circumcision-Related Infant Deaths." Thymos: Journal of Boyhood Studies. 2010;4(1):78-90.

Male Circumcision Decreases Penile Sensitivity as Measured in a Large Cohort:

The prepuce: specialized mucosa of the penis and its loss to circumcision: and

Male circumcision and sexual function in men and women: a survey-based, cross-sectional study in Denmark:

Fine-touch pressure thresholds in the adult penis: and

Circumcision Affects Glans Penis Vibration Perception Threshold:

The Effect of Male Circumcision on Sexuality: 

Premature Ejaculation in a Primary Care Setting: A Preliminary Cross-sectional Study:

Examining the association between male circumcision and sexual function: evidence from a British probability survey:

Should I Circumcise? The pros and cons of infant circumcision:

Medical Professionals for Genital Autonomy

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