Circumcision

A special thank you to Jennifer Coias for her assistance in compiling this fantastic list of resources.  If you have anything to add, please email us at info@consciouswoman.org or post in the comments section below.

Websites
Articles
Books
Film
YouTube

View Conscious Woman’s recorded webinar series, The Intact Boy, with Marilyn Milos, Gillian Longley and Ronald Goldman.

 

Websites

The WHOLE Network is a grassroots organization dedicated to providing accurate information about circumcision and the benefits of being intact. We supply doctors, hospitals, midwives, educators, and parents-to-be with well-researched, up-to-date information.

The goal of End Routine Infant Circumcision is to end the practice of non-therapeutic routine infant circumcision in the United States, whether through legislation or through perseverance in educating the American public about the harmful effects of circumcision, the functions of the foreskin, and to also encourage every hospital, and doctors to stop offering the procedure for cosmetic reasons.

Wholebabyrevolution.com is home to Parents Against Circumcision Today (PACT).  PACT was founded as a support system for today’s parents who are deciding to keep their babies whole and for parents who are still seeking answers to their circumcision questions. It is our hope that together with those who have crusaded tirelessly for this human rights issue for decades, that we can help move this country into the renaissance of bodily integrity for our American babies.

Circinfosite is a non-profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to providing quality circumcision resources for expecting and future parents.

The goal of Stop The Cut is to disseminate the truth of the consequences of childhood circumcision to medical personnel and the general public in an effort to completely abolish this avoidable and brutal violation of basic human rights.

The Circumcision Information and Resource Pages is an Internet resource that provides  information about all aspects of genital surgery.

Saving Penises is a non-profit group based out of Washington, D.C.  which supplies parents with accurate information regarding circumcision and proper intact care.

The National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers (NOCIRC) is a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit organization committed to securing the birthright of male, female, and intersex children and babies to keep their sex organs intact.

Intact America works to protect babies and children from circumcision and all other forms of medically unnecessary genital alteration, whether carried out for cultural conformity or profit, in medical or non-medical settings.  We seek to achieve our goals through education, advocacy, public policy reform, and the empowerment of our supporters, partners, and volunteers.

Doctors Opposing Circumcision (D.O.C.) is an organization of physicians, and others who are opposed to non-therapeutic neonatal circumcision.  D.O.C. has members in 50 States, 12 Canadian Provinces and Territories, and in nations on six continents. These doctors recognize that no one has the right to forcibly remove sexual body parts from another individual. They also believe that doctors should have no role in this painful, unnecessary procedure inflicted on the newborn.

The National Organization of Restoring Men is a non-profit support group for men who have concerns about being circumcised, are considering foreskin restoration, or are in the process of restoring their foreskins.

The Circumcision Resource Center is an educational organization with the purpose of informing the public and professionals about the practice of male circumcision. Our mission is to raise awareness and facilitate healing. Since 1991, the Center has been a valuable source of male circumcision information for parents and children’s advocates; childbirth educators and allied professionals; medical, mental health, and academic people; Jews; and others.

Circumstitions.com is jam-packed full of useful information.

The drmomma.org blog contains a number of excellent articles, and lists a variety of other blogs with up-to-date research.

Beyond the Bris is a web-based multimedia project that puts real faces and voices to the current Jewish movement against circumcision.

One purpose of the Jewish Circumcision Resource Center is to make known to the Jewish community that there is a growing number of Jews who either have not circumcised their son or would choose not to circumcise a future son.

Articles

Paul M. Fleiss, M.D., M.P.H., The Case against Circumcision

Jennifer Coias, The Phony Phimosis Diagnosis

Jennifer Coias, Basic Care of the Intact Child

Jennifer Coias, The Nuts and Bolts of HIV in the USA & Why Circumcision Can’t Protect Men

Jennifer Coias, Circumcision: Already Illegal?

Danelle Frisbie, Ph.D., M.A, Hypospadais: Surgery and Circumcision

Danelle Frisbie, Ph.D., M.A, Death from Circumcision

Yuki (edited by Danelle Frisbie), Breastfeeding & Circumcision

Richard A. Shweder, Disputing the Myth of Sexual Dysfunction of Circumcised Women: An Interview with Fuambai S. Ahmadu.   This academic article explains some of the misconceptions about female genital cutting and how it is done for the same reasons that the USA circumcizes boys.

J. Steven Svoboda, A Rose by Any Other Name? Rethinking the Similarities and Differences between Male and Female Genital Cutting

Books

Robert Darby, A Surgical Tempation: The Demonization of the Foreskin and the Rise of Circumcision in Britain

Leonard Glick, Marked In Your Flesh – A History of Circumcision from Ancient Judea to Modern America

Ronald Goldman, Questioning Circumcision, A Jewish Perspective

Ronald Goldman, Circumcision: The Hidden Trauma

David Gollaher, Circumcision: A History of the World’s Most Controversial Surgery

Marilyn Fayre Milos, George C. Denniston and Frederick Mansfield Hodges, Sexual Mutilations: A Human Tragedy

Marilyn Fayre Milos, George C. Denniston and Frederick Mansfield Hodges, Male and Female Circumcision: Medical Legal and Ethical Considerations in Pediatric Practice

Marilyn Fayre Milos, George C. Denniston and Frederick Mansfield Hodges, Understanding Circumcision: A Multidisciplinary Approach to a Multidimensional Problem

Thomas Ritter and George Denniston, Doctors Re-examine Circumcision


Film

Cut: Slicing Through the Myths of Circumcision, Eliyahu Ungar-Sargon (Director)
Cut is a film that traces the intellectual journey of a man struggling to come to terms with his Jewish identity in the 21st century. Through the lens of circumcision, a central and ancient Jewish ritual, Cut asks the viewer to contemplate what happens when the Jewish tradition collides with the modern values of autonomy and individuality. Using the latest in scientific research, as well as conversations with rabbis, historians, and activists, Cut asks difficult questions about male circumcision and provides a rare emotional and intellectual experience.

 

 

YouTube

 

 

How Circumcision Affects Sexuality

Circumcision is a primal wound that causes pain and trauma to an infant’s penis–his organ of pleasure and procreation. Initially, circumcision interferes with the maternal infant bond, disrupts breastfeeding and normal sleep patterns, and undermines the successful completion of the baby’s first developmental task of establishing trust. Even when analgesia is used, circumcision causes pain to the penis, and every experience of that organ, from then on, is overlaid on a neuronal background of pain.

Circumcision removes the foreskin, with its 20,000 – 70,000 specialized, erogenous nerve endings, replacing the penile accelerator that allows a man to ride the wave to orgasm with an on/off switch that offers sensitivity and immediate relief without the ride to orgasm and the full symphony of sensation.  This is why the most common complaint of circumcised men in the USA is premature ejaculation.  At the other end of life, circumcised males complain about sexual dysfunction, including loss of sensitivity and impotence. Many women wonder why sex with a circumcised man is not fulfilling for them. They do not understand the role the foreskin plays in female sexual pleasure, including the gliding mechanism and lubrication.

This session, the third in the Intact Boy series, is led by Marilyn Milos, RN, Executive Director of NOCIRC.  Hear Marilyn’s exploration of the effects of circumcision on an infant and on the man he becomes. The dynamics of circumcision, sex, and compensation for the trauma and loss is discussed.

This presentation is 90 minutes in length.

Cost: $7.50

Continuing Education Units available for some professionals.  Click here for more information.

Circumcision: Surgical Methods and Complications

Parents are largely unfamiliar with the realities of how a foreskin is actually cut away. The common myths that circumcision is “quick and safe,” ”just a little snip” or that the baby doesn’t experience any pain are false representations of the procedure. In fact, circumcision involves multiple tissue-damaging steps to remove the foreskin. Moreover, the circumcision devices used on the small penis of a newborn are relatively imprecise – which may lead to specific complications beyond the usual surgical risks of bleeding and infection. This course, led by Gillian Longley RN, BSN, MSS, provides participants with an in depth understanding of what is really involved with a circumcision and what the baby undergoing a circumcision may experience, during and after the procedure.

The presentation begins with an exploration of infant pain, and circumcision pain relief measures, including the facts that not all doctors use anesthesia for circumcision, that no method of local anesthesia has been shown to completely eliminate the pain of circumcision, and that babies do remember the pain of circumcision. The three main techniques of infant circumcision are explained step by step with still photo illustrations.  The range of complications which may result are illustrated and explained, including the often-ignored longer term harms that may occur due to loss of the foreskin’s protective and sexual functions, which may not manifest until years later.

The course closes with a brief look at the potentially harmful effects of circumcision on breastfeeding and mother-child bonding, which is covered in greater depth in a later class in this series.

This presentation is 90 minutes in length.

Cost: $7.50

Certificate of Completion: $7.50 (completion of post-session questionnaire required).

Continuing Education Units are available for some professional groups. To view a listing of CEU opportunities, click here.

 

* Warning: This program is liberally illustrated with photographs and diagrams of adult and infant penises, as well as graphic images of the circumcision procedure. These images are intended for educational purposes only, but some viewers may find them offensive or disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.

 

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The Foreskin

The United States has been a predominantly circumcising culture since the mid 20th century, a time when childbirth and infancy began to be heavily medicalized through childbirth interventions and the aggressive marketing of infant formulas.   Along with the loss of knowledge of normal childbirth and breastfeeding, Americans have also lost their knowledge of the normal intact (non-circumcised) penis.

In this lecture, the first in our Intact Boy series, Gillian Longley RN, BSN, explains the anatomy of the intact penis, and shows how its unique structure and specialized tissue support a wide array of protective and sexual functions. The development of the foreskin in the fetus and child is also discussed, particularly the gradual natural separation of the foreskin from the head (glans) of the penis.  This information provides the rationale for a discussion of correct care of the penis in the intact boy, and the normal variations that may occur during penile development in childhood.  This presentation concludes with a discussion of the problem of forcible, premature retraction of the foreskin by incorrectly informed health care professionals. Although the American Academy of Pediatrics specifically recommends against forcible retraction, as circumcision rates drop in North America more and more boys are subjected to this inappropriate, unnecessary, and harmful practice that is obsolete in most of the world.

This presentation is 90 minutes in length.

Cost: $7.50

Certificate of Completion: $7.50 (completion of post-session questionnaire required).

Continuing Education Units are available for some professional groups. To view a listing of CEU opportunities, click here.

* Warning: This program is liberally illustrated with photographs and diagrams of adult and infant penises. These images are intended for educational purposes only, but some viewers may find them offensive or disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.


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Healing from Birth Trauma Series

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Artwork provided courtesy of Birgit @ http://cesarean-art.com/

Conscious Woman is committed to providing women with accurate, helpful information on methodologies that will assist them in addressing and healing traumatic childbirth experiences. This kind of healing requires a multifaceted approach, and one methodology alone is generally insufficient to overcome all of the issues that arise. The goal should always be to enable women to integrate their experience(s) into a new and improved sense of self.

Medical doctors in our society tend to provide women with antidepressants and ignore the underlying causes of postpartum depression and/or Traumatic Birth Syndrome (aka “Post-Traumatic Stress Responses”). Although medications may be useful in extreme life-threatening situations, in general they have limited utility, serving as a mere band-aid that cannot heal wounds that exist on many levels. Traumatic stress responses are often misdiagnosed as postpartum depression; although birth trauma can include depression as a symptom, it is much more than that.

Most therapists have little or no understanding of normal birth and its importance in establishing a healthy bond between mother and baby; they simply do not have the skills to properly treat postpartum depression because they fail to recognize one of its primary underlying causes.

At the physical level, many women live for years with sexual dysfunction and/or severe pain after cesarean surgery and/or episiotomies – ignored by care providers who are not knowledgeable in nor trained to address the aftermath of modern obstetric birth practices. Most wellness (complementary and alternative health care) providers, although well-intentioned, also have insufficient understanding of birth trauma and its underlying systemic issues. By failing to adapt their modalities to the unique needs of childbearing women, they rarely succeed in affecting the degree of healing that their patients require.

The Conscious Woman Healing from Birth Trauma resources consists of online resources, references and a selection of pre-recorded webinars by outstanding, experienced healers to the internet, each of whom  introduces their modality of choice and how it can be used to re-awaken, restore and enhance the conscious, empowered woman that resides in every one of us.

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Healing from Birth Trauma Resources

Go to our Resources Section

 

Healing from Birth Trauma Pre-Recorded Programs

Moving From Pain to Peace with EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), with Eileen Sullivan

Restoration: Treating Adhesions, with Tanya Tarail, PT, MsT, CST

Helping Children Find Resilience and Balance After Trauma, with Stephanie Mines, Ph.D.

 

A Father and Son Dialogue / Intactivism / Circumcision in Israel

A bit of humor, courtesy of my husband, Jacob:

Father:
“Son, what do you think about being circumcised?”

Son:

Father:
“OK, we won’t do it to you.”

Son:

Thank you for your wonderful and supportive congratulatory messages!

I have received so many fabulous congratulatory notes and emails on the announcement of Gabriel’s birth. I had debated whether or not to make a public announcement of our decision to leave our son intact, and am so glad I did.   The response has been fabulous.  I’d like to share some excerpts of just a few of the many wonderful emails I received following that announcement:

“As the mother of two intact Jewish boys who also blazed a trail in their family, I applaud you for that…”

“I let my son be circumcised 40 years ago but wouldn’t do that today. My daughter and husband listened to the new evidence and their boys are intact.”

“…As a Jewish mother who also did not circumcise her son, I am thrilled for you and your precious angel, that he, indeed, your whole family, remains intact, un-traumatized and whole.”

“A big thank you for letting us know that Gabriel will remain intact, it really helps others who are in a similar situation to know they are not alone. I am supporting a Jewish couple birthing in a few weeks time who are very conflicted on this and at the moment they are planning to circumcise due to the pressure from family, even though they are not entirely happy with their decision. I will let them know about you!”

“And I have to tell you how happy it makes me to hear about yet another Jewish non-circumcising family. What a blessing for your little one.”

“I am so happy about your decision to keep your boy intact.  You guys have guts (and lots of smarts too, obviously).”

“I remember the conversation with my dad when I decided our son would remain “intact.”  It was wonderful and supportive.  I do recall one funny thing he said, “Just don’t tell your mother.”  Ha! As though she wouldn’t notice…”

“..kudos on the natural and honoring birth Raquel… and the decision to let the little guy remain as God designed him.  We know that can bring up a lot of issues with family.”

Actually, my family has been supportive of our decision to leave Gabriel intact.  My mother and stepfather participated in our Intact Boy series; Gillian Longley’s two lectures were enough to make them seriously think about circumcision for the first time.  By the end of Gillian’s first lecture, The Foreskin, their attitude of “circumcision is really no big deal” turned to “Harvey wants his [foreskin] back!” (which came through in the Q&A box, making a few of us chuckle).

Circumcision in Israel – Impressions

After attending The Intact Boy series, my mom has become more vocal herself about this issue! She was in Israel at the time of Gabriel’s birth, and after proudly announcing that she is a grandmother (again), people would ask if she was going back home early for the bris.  Although my mother spared my 95 year-old great aunt the news, she was quite open with others.

Her cousin’s response: “Lots of people here aren’t doing that anymore.”

A few months ago I met a delightful Israeli woman at the local public library, who told me that she and most of her friends back home in Israel did not circumcise their sons.  When I mentioned this to my mother, she informed me that for a few years now, she has received birth announcements from Israeli friends who – instead of announcing the day and time of the bris for all to come witness and “celebrate” – made a notation on the birth announcement that the bris will be “among the family members only”.

Did they actually perform the bris?  Who knows?  But the privacy announcement is encouraging.  The Israeli departure from the public exhibition of the Brit Milah is an important first step in the abandonment of this outdated and barbaric tradition.

Birth Announcement and New Years Greetings

We are pleased to announce the newest addition to our family,

GABRIEL ASHER
“strength” “happiness”

Gabriel Asher
Born into his father’s loving hands on December 22, 2008 at 10:17 p.m.

Weight: 7 pounds
Length: 19 inches
Head Circ: 14 inches
Most Importantly: nursing like a champ

* Raquel’s second VBAC and first homebirth *

Big sisters Amelia and Sofie are thrilled with their little brother, and mom is thriving as all (new) mothers should.

Gabriel Asher will be the first male child in our longstanding Jewish family tradition to remain intact.

A special thanks to Gloria Lemay for her phenomenal care during the labor, delivery and postpartum, and to our local backup midwife Kristine Lauria for her support and encouragement while Gloria was on her way to Colorado.

Happy (Belated) Holidays
and
Happy New Year!

Helping Children Find Resilience and Balance after Trauma

This presentation by Stephanie Mines, Ph.D., founder of the TARA Approach for the Resolution of Shock and Trauma, focuses on teaching language and energy medicine that can be used immediately and safely by parents and care providers.

The TARA Approach for children combines subtle, specific touch on meridian pathways with healing stories. A simple map of the body is provided with clearly identified locations that stimulate innate healing responses. Story structures designed to encourage neurological sequencing blend with this energy medicine treatment for the complete resolution of shock and trauma.

In this presentation Dr. Mines focuses on the following situations:

  • Babies’ experiences of prenatal and birth trauma;
  • Medical procedures;
  • Severe accidents;
  • Sexual abuse;
  • Adoption;
  • Divorce, separation; and
  • Loss

Dr. Mines is known for her remarkable capacity to evoke the healer and storyteller in everyone. She developed Jin Shin TARA, an acupressure like system that swiftly and gently sends messages of relaxation and balance to the nervous system. Stephanie’s storytelling protocols for children are now being tested in clinical trials and have been shown to be effective for children with cognitive struggles resulting from early shock. She is the author of The Dreaming Child: How Children Can Help Themselves Recover from Illness and Injury (Dom Project, 2003).

This presentation is 90 minutes in length.

Cost: $7.50

Certificate of Completion: $7.50 (completion of post-session questionnaire required).

Continuing Education Units are available for some professional groups.  To view a listing of CEU opportunities, click here.


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Gillian Longley, RN, BSN, MSS

Gillian Longley, RN, BSN, MSS is  the state coordinator of the Colorado chapter of the National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers (NOCIRC) (www.ColoradoNOCIRC.org), and is a member of the Board of Health Professionals of Intact America (www.IntactAmerica.org). A Registered Nurse and former Bradley Method childbirth educator, Gillian has worked for the last eleven years in newborn nursery and neonatal intensive care, with previous nursing experience in labor & delivery and public health. Gillian’s Master’s research focused on informed consent for newborn circumcision. She has presented on circumcision and the foreskin to nurses, doctors, doulas, midwives, parents, legislators, and general audiences.  Gillian is the mother of two grown intact sons, and lives with her husband in Boulder, Colorado.

 

Gillian’s Presentations:
The Foreskin
Circumcision: Surgical Methods and Complications

(the first two lectures in our The Intact Boy series)

The Intact Boy: Part I, The Foreskin

The United States has been a predominantly circumcising culture since the mid 20th century, a time when childbirth and infancy began to be heavily medicalized through childbirth interventions and the aggressive marketing of infant formulas.   Along with the loss of knowledge of normal childbirth and breastfeeding, Americans have also lost their knowledge of the normal intact (non-circumcised) penis.

This lack of knowledge of the foreskin on the part of North American parents and health professionals underlies, in part, the perpetuation of the practice of circumcision, and has frequently led to false or harmful advice on the care of intact boys.  Part I of this series demystifies the foreskin, while at the same time laying a foundation for understanding the harmful impact of its loss to circumcision.

Warning: These programs are liberally illustrated with photographs and diagrams of adult and infant penises, as well as graphic images of the circumcision procedure. These images are intended for educational purposes only, but some viewers may find them offensive or disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.

Each of these presentations is 90 minutes in length.

Cost: $7.50 per lecture.

Certificate of Completion: $7.50 per lecture (completion of post-session questionnaire required).

Continuing Education Units available for some professionals.  Click here for more information.


The Foreskin
(90 minutes)
Presenters:  Gillian Longley RN, BSN

In this course, Gillian Longley RN, BSN, explains the anatomy of the intact penis, and shows how its unique structure and specialized tissue support a wide array of protective and sexual functions. The development of the foreskin in the fetus and child is also discussed, particularly the gradual natural separation of the foreskin from the head (glans) of the penis.  This information provides the rationale for a discussion of correct care of the penis in the intact boy, and the normal variations that may occur during penile development in childhood.  This presentation concludes with a discussion of the problem of forcible, premature retraction of the foreskin by incorrectly informed health care professionals. Although the American Academy of Pediatrics specifically recommends against forcible retraction, as circumcision rates drop in North America more and more boys are subjected to this inappropriate, unnecessary, and harmful practice that is obsolete in most of the world.

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Circumcision: Surgical Methods and Complications (90 minutes)
Presenter:  Gillian Longley RN, BSN

Parents are largely unfamiliar with the realities of how a foreskin is actually cut away. The common myths that circumcision is “quick and safe,” ”just a little snip” or that the baby doesn’t experience any pain are false representations of the procedure. In fact, circumcision involves multiple tissue-damaging steps to remove the foreskin. Moreover, the circumcision devices used on the small penis of a newborn are relatively imprecise – which may lead to specific complications beyond the usual surgical risks of bleeding and infection. This course, led by Gillian Longley RN, BSN, provides participants with an in depth understanding of what is really involved with a circumcision and what the baby undergoing a circumcision may experience, during and after the procedure.

The presentation begins with an exploration of infant pain, and circumcision pain relief measures, including the facts that not all doctors use anesthesia for circumcision, that no method of local anesthesia has been shown to completely eliminate the pain of circumcision, and that babies do remember the pain of circumcision. The three main techniques of infant circumcision are explained step by step with still photo illustrations.  The range of complications which may result are illustrated and explained, including the often-ignored longer term harms that may occur due to loss of the foreskin’s protective and sexual functions, which may not manifest until years later.

The course closes with a brief look at the potentially harmful effects of circumcision on breastfeeding and mother-child bonding, which is covered in greater depth in a later class in this series.

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From Victim to Healer: Patricia Robinett

Ten years ago, in a friendly conversation with an authority on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Patricia began to wonder if circumcision had an effect on cognitive and psychological development.  She immediately began working on the Internet and in public forums, researching the effects of circumcision on children and the adults they become.  Learn more about the work and healing journey of this remarkable writer and publisher.

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