I am only 21 years old. I got pregnant with my first child when I was 20. As soon as I found out it was a boy I started doing research on circumcising. I knew from the very start I didn’t want to do it. My fiance and I fought long, mean battles about it the whole time I was pregnant. In my heart I knew it was wrong. I had my baby boy on June 8th of this year! The best day of my life!!! HE WAS PERFECT!

The day after I had him my fiance’s parents and sister came to visit me and my son in the hospital. His father said to me, “I heard you ain’t gonna get him cut.” His exact words!

And I said, “No…”

He then said, “I hope you know that boy’s gonna cuss you for the rest of his life.”

After they left I cried for hours. I didnt know what to do. I was lost! I didnt want my son to hate me. The whole thing made me phisically sick to my stomach; the stress of such a decision. So I asked his doctor. and she told me I should do it because his little peepee was so small.

So I did it when he was 3 weeks old, and here is what happened. The nurse called us back to the room, we went in and the doctor came in right behind us. They told me to go back to the waiting room and they would be back in about 20 minutes. I went out and stared at the clock. About 7 minutes later the nurse came out of the double doors and told me to come on back so I did. As soon as I got to the doors I could hear my baby screaming, and my heart sank. I walked in the room, my baby was still strapped to the table. He was screaming so loud and hard he was dark, dark purple, and there was blood everywhere!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The nurse looked at me and told me she couldn’t get him to stop bleeding. She applied pressure for a few minutes then but a bandage on it and wrapped it up and sent us home. As soon as I got home I showed it to my mom who is a nurse and worked on the Labor & Delivery floor for a long time so she has seen her share of circ’s. She looked at it and said OMG they didnt do it right. His whole diaper was FULL of blood. So we went right back to the doctor’s office. They applied pressure for what seemed like forever. After the nurse gave up on that she went and got the other 3 doctor’s who are in that same practice. One would come in and look and walk back out, another one would come in and look then go back out, then the other one came back in and looked again, back and forth, and back and forth, and not saying one word to me. FINALLY, one of them said to me, “So you don’t worry all night about the bleeding we are going to send you to a surgeon across the street to cauterize the vein.”

So across the street we went. As soon as the docdtor took off his diaper he knew what they did. They cut ALL of the skin off the shaft of his penis, he had NONE left. The surgeon had to do surgery on him to sew his penis back together to stop the bleeding. Since there was no skin left he had to sew the top of his penis to baby fat that surronded the base. Because he had to use baby fat it is now bumpy and uneven. My baby has to have future surgeries! And I am so depressed!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I feel like a awful person just because I let someone’s words get to me. My son almost died!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The doctor that did it never told me what happened!