Diane Boyer received her M.S.N. in nurse-midwifery from the University of Illinois at the Medical Center, Chicago, and her Ph.D. in Biology from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She is currently Assistant Professor in the graduate nurse-midwifery program at the College of Nursing, University of Illinois at the Medical Center.
ROUTINE CIRCUMCISION OF THE NEWBORN
Reasonable Precaution or Unnecessary Risk?
Article first published online: 10 JAN 2011
1980 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 25, Issue 6, pages 27–30, November-December 1980
How to Cite
Boyer, D. B. (1980), ROUTINE CIRCUMCISION OF THE NEWBORN. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 25: 27–30. doi: 10.1016/0091-2182(80)90095-6
- Issue published online: 10 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 10 JAN 2011
The issue of routine circumcision of the newborn is being debated in current obstetrics and pediatrics. A majority of male infants born in the United States are circumcised in the neonatal period, but recent studies cast doubt upon the validity of the traditional reasons for performing such prophylactic surgery. Many parents are not adequately informed about the risks of and alternatives to circumcision. The purpose of this paper is to provide nurse-midwives with information so that they can adequately counsel parents. It is suggested that teaching about circumcision begin in the prenatal period, and a sample parent information sheet is given.