Here we have a neonatal immobilizer. It's a restraint system used to tie a newborn baby's hands and legs down while a doctor performs a circumcision. Sometimes support staff will physically restrain the infant.
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When I was pregnant I was hormonal and plenty opinionated. I had something to say about damn near everything. I called a co-sleeper a "divorce in a box" (I now bed share....) and I didn't even think about circumcision, I was just going to. I didn't have a reason to, it was just something that I was going to do. Looking back, I want to slap myself. Honestly, it is a horrific thing to do if you don't have a valid reason. My own father tried discussing this issue with me and I was so quick to dismiss the conversation.
I am writing this post because I feel now, after a very close call, and a lot of reading, that aside from birth defects and devout religious reasons (and I'm not talking about Christianity...if you are you better do your homework because you read something wrong), there really aren't any "valid" reasons. I really wish I read someone's blog and was more informed.
Our baby boys were born early and needed some time in the NICU. Because of that, and only because of that, they were not circumcised in the hospital. I was instructed to call my OB once we were all home and she would do the procedure at her office. Well I called to set up the appointment, and what happened next changed my feelings on the entire issue almost immediately. First, the nurse gave me the appointment date and time, which happened to be one that Steve could not be there for. Second, she told me that the boys would not be able to be diapered, but would be wrapped up and still need to be buckled into their tight car seats to leave. Third, she informed me what the following few hours would be like...home alone with TWO screaming in pain babies who were now two weeks old. She added, with a chuckle (!), that she had a hard time with her son and "I don't envy you with two!" I had the hardest time bringing this issue up with Steve that evening. For some reason I thought his opinion on the issue was he wanted it done, but once we finally communicated we realized neither one of us wanted to unnecessarily cause harm to the boys, and that's basically what we would be doing. I called and cancelled the appointment the following morning.
I hate to think of it, but had the boys not been in NICU we probably would have had it done, and I would be regretting it now. Our babies are perfect, and I can't think of a single reason that a piece of them would need to be removed. Whether you agree with our decision or not, please at least research the facts before you decide to make up your mind on the issue. I WISH I knew what I know now...I wouldn't have said all the dumb things I did. The doctors and nurses I dealt with never offered me any real information, only an appointment time, a bill, and half-assed tips on how to soothe twins in agony. Remember that they are making money, you are raising children.
PS I am not anti circumcision, I just don't feel that just because we are their parents we can decide that sort of thing, the same way that I wouldn't have them tattooed. When the boys grow up they can decide for themselves what they want done to their bodies.