peaceful parenting: If This Stained Circumstraint Could Talk...
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OMG....the sight of this just makes me shudder.....looks like a medieval torture device!!!
Peaceful Parenting - "To provide a location for the sharing of research and ideas that empower mothers and fathers in their quest for baby-friendly parenting. To present materials that foster a world of peaceful parenting, gentle birthing, and happy, healthy, securely attached little ones, growing up to make positive changes in the world around them."
He Didn't Cry: Babies in Shock
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Here is a great article highlighting different aliments that can be healed with breastmilk! http://www.drmomma.org/2009/09/medicinal-uses-of-breastmilk.html
drmomma.org PEACEFUL PARENTING is, by far, my favorite parenting blog. They are full of resources for peaceful parenting and always posting helpful articles on their Facebook page.
Link to lots of research based articles on sleep training, crying it out, bed sharing, babywise, and attachment parenting. Very interesting and informative.
peaceful parenting - tackling distress tantrums with brain research. . very interesting article . . ;) good website
drmomma.org for great articles on breastfeeding, weaning, sleeping, etc.
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By Melissa Cline Read in Spanish here Melissa and her beautiful son. Back in the day when our baby was colicky, my dear husband (who spent 10 years in the Army and National Guard) commonly suggested that because we had tried everything we knew to do to help him, we should just put our son in his pack-n-play and shut the door. (He thought that this would help me to be less upset about not being able to stop our baby's crying.) When our son was 8 months old I finally figured out a way to get my husband to really understand why I was so opposed to forcing our baby to cry-it-out (CIO). Here's how our conversation went: Hubs: I figured our son could cry in your arms, or cry in his bed - there's really no difference because nothing else is working. Me: There is a difference to me and to our baby. All that a little baby knows is whether or not someone responds to his needs. I wouldn't want to teach him that it is of no use to ask for help because no one will come anyway. We don't even teach SOLDIERS that! We tell them that someone will always come for you - we don't leave a man behind. Hubs: Babies aren't soldiers. Me: Then why would we ask them to be tougher than soldiers? Hubs: Hm. I never thought of it that way. Good point. Thank you for all you've done at peaceful parenting to help me get to the place where I feel so confident trusting my parenting instincts. onesies and tees available from Made By Momma "Cry-it-out does not lead to 'sleeping through the night' - it results in learned helplessness." ~ Danelle Frisbie For additional research and articles on CIO, see: Sleep Training Resources Good books that address this subject: Baby Sleep Book Collection Why Love Matters The Science of Parenting Our Babies, Ourselves The Continuum Concept: In Search of Happiness Lost The Natural Child: Parenting From the Heart The Attachment Parenting Book The Fussy Baby Book The Baby Sleep Book The No-Cry Sleep Solution Nighttime Parenting ~~~~
Recipe and photos © Kathleen Major for DrMomma.org *For information on lactation cookies and milk supply, please read this article first.* Major Milk Makin' Cookies recipe by Kathleen Major Ingredients: 1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour 1 3/4 c. oats 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 3/4 c. almond butter or peanut butter 1/2 c. butter, softened 1 c. milled flax 3 T brewer's yeast 1/3 c. water 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 c. sugar 1/2 c. brown sugar 1 tsp vanilla 2 large eggs 2 c. (12oz) chocolate chips 1 c. chopped nuts of your choice Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a bowl. In a large bowl, beat almond butter, butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, brewer's yeast, flax and water until creamy. looks a little gross, doesn't it? but oh, so good ;) Mix in eggs. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Mix in nuts and chocolate chips. Add oats slowly, mixing along the way. Place balls of dough onto greased baking sheets or baking stones. Press down each ball lightly with a fork. Bake 12 minutes. Allow to cool. Enjoy! "You Cry It Out!" shirts available at Made By Momma
Ways to carry a baby and how it affects their development over time...very interesting! Fascinating article!
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Strollers, baby carriers, and infant stress. VERY interesting read... Ways to carry your baby and how it effects their development. New Moms: Please read this. Research-based information on the effects of strollers, buggies, papooses and swaddling as well as the benefits of proper baby-wearing. This is a fascinating read!
fascinating! A great article on carrying babies, wearing babies, strollers, sleep positions, etc. (Well cited.)
Help your baby develop a strong spine: tips for sleeping, strength building, and overall healthy development.
Ways to carry a baby and how it affects their development over interesting! Fascinating #Cute Baby #baby boy #lovely kid #baby girl #cute kid| http://lovely-kid-830.blogspot.com
http://www.dressesforbabygirls.com/category/infant-carrier/ Ways to carry a baby and how it affects their development over time. Please every mommy read and pin this! :). This is very well researched and written. Wow! Love this!
strollers, baby carriers and infant stress...an article on proper baby wearing and how we should make it the rule of thumb and make strollers the exception. Not the other way around!
THANK GOSH someone said somethin! I here seeing babies with flat heads and bald spots!!! They're only tiny once hold your freakin kids! Strollers, baby carriers, and infant stress. VERY interesting read... Ways to carry your baby and how it effects their development. New Moms: Please read this. Research-based information on the effects of strollers, buggies, papooses and swaddling as well as the benefits of proper baby-wearing. This is a fascinating read!
Why baby-wearing is so important! Please every mommy read this!!
Natural Birth in Progress. You are entering a sacred space. Please speak in soft tones. Birth plan is at the nurses desk. No drugs necessary.
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What an awesome idea! Love this for hospital births!! Natural Birth in Progress. You are entering a sacred space. Please speak in soft tones. Birth plan is at the nurses desk. No drugs necessary.
Natural Birth in Progress. You are entering a sacred space. Please speak in soft tones. Birth plan is at the nurses desk. No drugs necessary. Living Acupuncture & Healing Arts Center | Barnegat, NJ 08005 | Tel: 609-698-1700 | Email: email@example.com | http://livingacupuncture.com
Door sign, great for natural birth at the hospital. Consider adding "if mother is screaming, just let it be" :)
Door sign for natural birth. Wish I would have had this at the hospital. Would have added "if mother is screaming, just let it be" :)
Natural Birth in Progress. I like that! And I want the lights low. Haha.
Natural Birth sign for all to read before entering birthing space.
perfect door sign for all natural hospital birth
Door sign for natural birth.
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nine reasons not to carry your baby facing out
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Nine reasons NOT to carry your baby facing out: A very informative article that doesn't attack, but educates moms and dads on why front facing baby carriers are really not the best option for you or baby.
I did it a few times before I knew. It's an innocent mistake. Nine Reasons Not to Carry Your Baby Facing Out » Boba Family
Nine reasons NOT to carry your baby facing out: A very informative article that doesn't attack, but educates moms and dads on why front facing baby carriers are really not the best option for you or baby. I never carried my babba's facing outwards, they always faced me so they could smell milk and tell me if hungry. I'm soon to have a grandbabba and so excited and I won't carry her facing away either
Nine reasons not to carry your baby facing out - Good information about babywearing positions
Why not to wear your baby forward facing out. Just something to think about
Read this if you carry or wear your baby. Interesting, makes sense
Reasons Front Facing Babywearing May Not Be the Best Choice
Forward facing baby carrying is not a great option
Exercise Routine for Breastfeeding Mothers - This is some really good stuff!
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Going to need this one day.....Good post baby workout and diet. She lays out diet and exercise for nursing moms. I know you have yo be careful not to over do it or you can hurt your supply, but she helps with that! Exercise Routine for Breastfeeding Mothers - This is some really good stuff!
She lays out diet and exercise plans for nursing moms. I know you have yo be careful not to over do it or you can hurt your supply, but she helps with that! Exercise Routine for Breastfeeding Mothers - This is some really good stuff!
Post-baby workout. Diet and exercise for nursing moms. Exercise Routine for Breastfeeding Mothers - This is some really good stuff!
Good info for nursing fit moms. Best exercises for nursing moms...for the future.
Breast feeding diet and exercise routines that won't hurt your milk supply
Post pregnancy workouts....for later in life!,
Lose baby weight while breastfeeding
EASY Schedules Cheat Sheet - best little routine for baby! It has worked wonderfully for me!
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E.A.S.Y Schedules Cheat Sheet: 4 Sample Baby Schedules from 4 Weeks - 1 Yr - Noob Mommy Love the EASY schedule : ) noobmommy.com
I will use the EASY schedule... And I will use the Y time to make sure I'm the best mommy for my baby and best wife for my husband!
EASY Schedules Cheat Sheet - best little routine for baby! It has worked wonderfully for me! by :http://health-baby10.blogspot.com/
Baby schedule. Have been doing this for a long time, but going to start getting the timing a little better.
EASY Schedules Cheat Sheet- Sample baby schedule
EASY Schedules Cheat Sheet - baby routines
sample daily schedule
Baby sleep schedule
Diary of a Fit Mommy: Newborn Schedule + FREE Download
“Remember this, for it is as true as true gets: Your body is not a lemon. You are not a machine. The Creator is not a careless mechanic. Human female bodies have the same potential to give birth well as aardvarks, lions, rhinoceri, elephants, moose, and water buffalo. Even if it has not been your habit throughout your life so far, I recommend that you learn to think positively about your body.” ― Ina May Gaskin
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A mother's body as a garden where the heart and the child are flourishing. #pregnancy #art #print #heart #garden #baby
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The two hearts. Self-Portrait as a Garden by ~KRIS-13 Traditional Art / Printing / Wood Block
Self-Portrait as a Garden by KRIS-13 (original here: kris-13.deviantar...)
Self-Portrait as a Garden by ~KRIS-13 - wood block
Self-Portrait as a Garden by ~KRIS-13 on deviantART
Interesting pregnancy illustration
Tree of Life
we must keep talking about birth to our daughters! We must also be living examples of empowered women capable of bringing forth their child into this world. We must fight against the media's example of birth being beyond a woman's ability to manage without medical intervention. Birth is a normal, natural part of the female physiology.
we must keep talking about birth to our daughters!
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Looking for a good reason to keep your son intact? Here are 50! #intact #circumcision
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peaceful parenting: 50 Reasons to Leave It Alone all great points that everyone should know.
If I were a famous artist, I would be part Leonardo da Vinci and part Vincent van Gogh.
So, here are 50 reasons to leave your son's penis alone and not let a doctor cut it up.
I'm so glad I did not choose to circumcise my boys. 50 Reasons to Leave It Alone.
A list of 50 important reasons why you should leave your son intact.
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50 reasons to leave your son intact (circumcision info)
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36 Ingenious Things You'll Want As A New Parent
36 Ingenious Things
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36 Ingenious Things You'll Want As A New Parent -- some cool things on here that would be nice for babies/kids. Wish I would have seen this about 11m ago lol
36 Ingenious Things You’ll Want As A New Parent These also make awesome, quirky baby shower gift ideas for the mom-to-be who’s already got the basics covered. Courtesy of Buzzfeed 1. This personal ultrasound machine connects directly to your smartphone. mobisante.com So you can see what that little rascal in there is doing at all …
36 Ingenious Things You’ll Want As A New Parent These also make awesome, quirky baby shower gift ideas for the mom-to-be who’s already got the basics covered.
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baby shower gifts---36 Ingenious Things You’ll Want As A New Parent
Want them all for my future kids
Cool baby stuff
How to Raise a Low Media Child (Without Going Insane
Screen time in excess can be harmful to #infants and #toddlers. Luckily there IS a way to have a low media child without losing your mind.
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http://www.namebrandbabyclothes.com/category/baby-toys/ Screen time in excess can be harmful to #infants and #toddlers. Luckily there IS a way to have a low media child without losing your mind.
"Passive toys make active children, active toys make passive children." A way to have a low media child without losing your mind.
Screen time in excess can be harmful to infants and toddlers. Luckily there IS a way to have a low media (or media free) child without losing your mind. #thewholejourney #twj
Positive parenting - Screen time in excess can be harmful to #infants and #toddlers. Luckily there IS a way to have a low media child without losing your mind.
Screen time in excess can be harmful to infants and toddlers. Luckily there IS a way to have a low media (or media free) child without losing your mind. http://www.mamanatural.com/how-to-raise-a-low-media-child/
I think I usually set out too many toys. Need to start being more selective. Screen time in excess can be harmful to #infants and #toddlers. Luckily there IS a way to have a low media child without losing your mind.
How to Raise Low Media Kids
Nursing box - a way to help with the nursing of a newborn with a toddler in the…
A way to occupy a toddler when you have a new baby in the house and need time to feed the baby and keep the toddler occupied - The nursing box
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Good idea...A special activity box for your toddler used only while you're nursing the baby (independent and engaging activities to keep him/her occupied, and also 100% unique so it's something for him/her to look forward to...)
A way to occupy a toddler when you have a new baby in the house and need time to feed the baby and keep the toddler occupied - such a good idea for moms!
The Nursing Box: Activities for your toddler while you're nursing your baby. Great suggestions.
Nursing-box, a great idea for mom's with a baby/toddler.
nursing-box for toddler intertainment while mom is busy
nursing-box- busy box for toddlers while Mom nurses
great idea! Nursing box for older sibling.
The Nursing Box – toddler + new baby help
Babies in the NICU need special care. I like this picture which explains what things are attached to the baby. As a NICU nurse I try to point each thing out and explain the purpose.
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Babies in the NICU need special care. I like this picture which explains what things are attached to the baby. As a NICU nurse You should try to point each thing out and explain the purpose.
Babies in the NICU need special care. I like this picture which explains what things are attached to the baby. As a NICU nurse I try to point each thing out and explain the purpose. Repinned by SOS Inc. Resources http://pinterest.com/sostherapy.
Babies in the NICU need special care. As a NICU nurse, I try to point each thing out and explain the purpose. The many tubes and wires can be overwhelming to a new parent or grandparent.
Nursing Care plan for preemies
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Dos Boobies Onesie - "I don't always drink milk...". $14.95, via Etsy. ...the most interesting baby in the world.
LMAO!!!! :D :D :D Dos Boobies Onesie - "I don't always drink". $14.95, via #Cute Baby #baby boy #lovely kid #cute kid| http://lovely-kid-237.blogspot.com
Dos Boobies Onesie - "I don't always drink milk...". $17.95, via Etsy. BAHAHAHAHAH!!! I love this!!!!
This is perfect - wish I had this when the twins were infants and still on the boobies! LMAO!!!! :D :D :D Dos Boobies Onesie - "I don't always drink milk...". $14.95, via Etsy.
Too funny!!! Dos Boobies Onesie - "I don't always drink milk...". $14.95, via Etsy.
Lol so funny!! onesie
LMAO!!!! :D :D :D Dos Boobies Onesie - "I don't always drink milk...". $14.95, via Etsy. I can't stop laughing! #funny so funny! Sorry, but this is hilarious!
Cloth Diaper Accessories - just missing a #Spray Pal Pinned by Kidfolio, the parenting and sharing app with the built-in community!
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Cloth Diaper Revival: Back to Basics: Cloth Diaper Accessories
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Cloth Diaper Accessories
Back to Basics: Cloth Diaper Accessories
There are many accessories available with cloth diapers. Some of them are optional, while others are necessary. Wet Bag: a waterproof bag to store your dirty diapers either at home or on the go! Comes in many different sizes. Brands: Planet Wise, GroVia, KangaCare Pail Liner: a waterproof liner for your diaper pail. Can be used instead of a wet bag at home. Brands: Planet Wise, Kissaluvs, BumGenius Cloth Diaper Safe rash cream: Many mainstream diaper creams (Desitin, A & D, etc) are not considered cloth diaper safe. You'll need a cloth diaper safe cream to protect your diapers. Brands: CJ's Butter, Grandma El's, and GroVia Cloth Wipes: You've made the switch to cloth diapers, so why not make the switch to cloth wipes. Plan for 1 wipe per diaper change. Brands: Thirsties, itti bitti, BumGenius Wipes Solution: Something to moisten your wipes! You can choose a spray solution or wipe bits that are melted and poured over your dry wipes. Brands: Ruby Moon, BumGenius, Thirsties Snappi: Modern diaper closure for prefold and flat diapers. Easy to use and no worry about sticking yourself with a pin! Brands: Snappi and Boingo Flushable liners: Help catch the solid waste. Flush away the liner and the waste at each diaper change. Brands: EcoSprout and Bummis Fleece liners: create a stay-dry feeling when using diapers with natural fibers. Also can be used as a barrier when using diaper creams. Brands: Bummis, BumGenius Doublers: Help boost the absorbency in your diapers. Very trim! Brands: Hemp Babies and Thirsties Diaper Sprayer: an attachment that hooks onto your toilet to spray away the waste. Brands: Knickernappies, BumGenius, Blueberry Sprayer Extras: Help keep the messes away when spraying diapers! Brands: Spray Pal and Diaper Dawgs (coming soon) Stain Treatment: Stains happen, but that doesn't mean your diapers aren't clean! The sun is an awesome way to get rid of stains. If you are finding that you can't sun try the Buncha Farmers Stain Stick. What cloth diaper accessory is a must in your stash? Updated 5.29.2014
Functions of the Foreskin, Purposes of the Prepuce
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Marilyn Milos, R.N., executive director and founder of NOCIRC, discusses normal sexual function of the penis and foreskin and its loss due to circumcision.
The Penis - Sex Education 101 - this will clear up any misunderstanding that a circumcised man can ever be "okay." Not having a foreskin is not okay. It is a problem in and of itself. Something crucial is missing. And it's irreversible.
How circumcision affects sexuality... MOST people have no idea what the FUNCTION of the foreskin is!
The Penis - Sex Education 101 - Best argument against circumcision I've ever read or watched. Please stop circumcising your sons! If they choose to do so as adults, that's their decision, NOT yours! Mutilation is wrong.
The Penis - Sex Education 101 - Understanding the anatomy.
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The Penis - Sex Education 101
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peaceful parenting: If This Stained Circumstraint Could Talk...
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Do some research before you let somebody perform an unnecessary and painful cosmetic surgery on your infant. Common sense.
If This Stained Circumstraint Could Talk...
This antiseptic stained circumstraint is currently in use in a large U.S. hospital and looks very typical of those used daily. The photograph was taken by a nurse and advocate with Saving Our Sons. This morning, as you gaze upon its image, there will be 5-6 baby boys strapped to it as their penis is cut apart for no medical reason. Every day it is the same - sealing the tragic fate of another handful of perfect, newborn babies who were born the previous day. Between uses, it is stored in the nursery closet - far out of the sight of new parents. 'Nurse SOS' writes: Parents don't see this sickening thing and I wish they could - it is like something out of a horror movie. Parents are told that the babies barely notice and sometimes don't cry at all - this is an absolute blatant lie. They are also told that pain relief will be provided, but are never informed that all the 'pain relief' babies receive is an infant's Tylenol and a pacifier dipped in sugar water. An hour before circumcision, babies are denied any breastfeeding (or formula) so they do not vomit and choke when they scream. So sometimes they are already crying and upset before they are taken to be cut because they are so hungry. Babies are returned to their parents when they have passed out and they will not wake up to eat for many hours after circumcision. When they do wake, they are immensely hungry and in terrible pain. I could go on and on... It is the worst part of my job as a pediatric nurse by far. And it happens every single morning. Timeline banner you are welcome to use. Find additional intact advocacy banners here. ~~~~
The Plastibell Lie
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Said a nurse to a new mother today, "He's not hurting at all. They just used a little plastic piece and he barely whimpered through the whole thing." Please beware of the Plastibell Lie commonly told to parents to avoid raising stress levels of postpartum mothers and getting into a mess of trouble with hospital protocol. #Circumcision #Plastibell #Intact
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Every Parent Planning on circumsizing their son NEEDS to watch this! You should know exactly what your putting your baby through!
bywackadoodle in if you re a hippie and you know it raise your hand : We research so much as a parent, Circumcision should be at the top.
We research so much as a parent, Circumcision should be at the top. ( flyers ) --► http://bit.ly/IprSTN
http://bit.ly/HCeb7w - We research so much as a parent, Circumcision should be at the top.
I've never read anything like this, nor did it cross my mind to. Woah...
By Robin Vaughn-Bortolus © 2012 After four days of labor to bring my sweet son into the world, he arrived perfect. I was exhausted when a nurse came in and said that it was time for him to be circumcised. I had been preparing for my sons arrival for months. I had read everything I could to try and make sure that I made informed decisions on his behalf. I chose breastfeeding, no vaccines at birth, etc. I really thought I had covered ALL the things I would need to be prepared for. But there I was faced with a procedure that I had failed to educate myself on: circumcision. I told the nurse that I was not okay with my son being cut. She informed me that this hospital used a no-cut device called a Plastibell. She said that it was a pain free method for my son. It was in that moment that I made a decision on his behalf that I regret, and will regret, for the rest of my life. I signed off on the procedure. I knew that I wasn't okay with a scalpel, knife, etc., being used on my newborn -- but here was a great cut-free, pain-free alternative, right? I could not have been more wrong. When my son was brought back to me he was crying in such a way that shattered my heart. I knew in that instant that I had made a terrible mistake. It was only after getting home that I looked up the Plastibell method and discovered the terrible truth behind it. I was horrified at my ignorance. Two weeks later my son had his check up and the physician told me that the Plastibell procedure had not been performed correctly - that my son's foreskin was still "to long." Without so much as asking my permission my son's doctor had his nurse begin to gather the necessary instruments to "fix the problem." In that moment, I informed the doctor that my son was fine as he was and that we would NOT be "fixing" anything. He did not approve and we were forced to find another doctor. I failed my son when I signed those permission papers in the first place, but I refused to damage him further. I can never take back what I subjected my son to by allowing him to altered. But hopefully by sharing this I can encourage other parents to be more informed than I was, and to not fall for the Plastibell lie. ~~~~ To learn more about the Plastibell method of circumcision, that many parents are told is 'cut-free' 'blood-free' and 'pain-free' please see: Plastibell Infant Circumcision. Hear from other parents whose sons were circumcised before they had accurate information or support at I Circumcised My Son: Healing From Regret and Keeping Future Sons Intact. Resources on intact care and circumcision are gathered at Are You Fully Informed? and the library at Saving Our Sons.
Functions of the Foreskin: Purposes of the Prepuce
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Question: How do I live with the deep regret of having our son circumcised? He is almost 10-months-old now, and I am still struggling with this. Sadly, I did not find out the facts until it was too late. Answer: Of all the questions I'm asked, this one is the most difficult for me to answer because I have three circumcised sons.
2 out of 100 baby boys will DIE, seizure, heart attack, stroke, loss of penis from circumcision. 117 babies DIE each year in the U.S. alone. It doesn't happen... until it happens to you. Educate yourself. Statistics above are the averages from all studies examining the health outcomes of circumcised vs. intact boys between 1989-2009. These studies are highlighted in the following references. peaceful parenting: Intact vs. Circumcised Outcome Statistics
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Saving Our Sons: FGM/MGM: Similar Attitudes & Misconceptions
Ask the Experts Answer by Marilyn Milos Question: How do I live with the deep regret of having our son circumcised? He is almost 10-months-old now, and I am still struggling with this. Sadly, I did not find out the facts until it was too late. Answer: Of all the questions I'm asked, this one is the most difficult for me to answer because I have three circumcised sons. I believed the doctor who told me circumcision didn't hurt, only took a minute, and would protect my babies from terrible things that would befall them if they weren't circumcised. Many years later, as a nursing student, I witnessed a circumcision, which literally changed the course of my life. Since that day in May 1979, I've done everything I can to end this outdated, harmful practice that has such a profound effect on us all. Some say I do this work because I feel guilty, but guilt is what you feel after you knowingly do something wrong. That's not it. Mothers consent to circumcision out of the best intentions and the worst kind of ignorance. Circumcision is a cultural practice; most doctors do not provide adequate information to give an informed consent, and no one talks about it, so we don't even know enough to ask the right questions. When we find out what happened to our precious baby behind closed doors, most mothers feel deep regret and profound sorrow. We can't take back our grievous mistake, but we can do everything in our power to protect our sons in the future. We can apologize to our sons and end the wounding in our families. When parents become informed, they will spare future sons from the pain and trauma of circumcision. Tell your story to anyone and everyone who will listen. I will be happy to send you a packet of information that you can copy and give to expectant parents to help save other babies from unnecessary surgery and their mothers from the grief we feel. This will help to transform your pain! I'll also be happy to send you guidelines for becoming a National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers center, if you'd like to become a part of the Genital Integrity movement. Like all mothers, you did the best you could with the information you had at the time. So, be kind to yourself. You didn't know. Now you do. My sons have all forgiven me, and yours will, too.
Saving Our Sons: 2 Week Old Baby Dies From Circumcision in Norway
Photo: Alyssa G. and her baby boy - shared via Woman Uncensored I know I look so big to you, Maybe I seem too big for the needs I have. But no matter how big we get, We still have needs that are important to us. I know that our relationship is growing and changing, But I still need you. I need your warmth and closeness, Especially at the end of the day When we snuggle up in bed. Please don't get too busy for us to nurse. I know you think I can be patient, Or find something to take the place of a nursing - A book, a glass of something, But nothing can take your place when I need you. Sometimes just cuddling with you, Having you near me is enough. I guess I am growing and becoming independent, But please be there. This bond we have is so strong and so important to me, Please don't break it abruptly. Wean me gently, Because I am your mother, And my heart is tender. ~ Cathy Cardall ~~~~ This poem is available on a postcard to hang on your fridge or give to a friend. Request one or several here. Photograph © Danelle Frisbie
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