At the hospital
If you are having your baby at a hospital, these tips will help to keep him safe from any misinformed healthcare professionals you encounter.
- Include "DO NOT CIRCUMCISE and DO NOT TOUCH BABY'S PENIS (DO NOT RETRACT-NOT EVEN A LITTLE)" at the top of your printed birth plan.
- Tape a sign in baby's hospital bed that restates the above (click here to print one.)
- Order one of these FREE "Do Not Circumcise or Retract" newborn ankle bracelets.
- Complete this form and have it added to your chart.
- Make sure you or your husband (if you trust him to advocate for your son) go with your son for his hospital bath. Tell the nurse who is going to bathe him that you do not want his genitals washed or touched. Or, tell them you would like to give baby boy his first bath. Or, tell them you are going to wait until baby boy goes home to bathe him (If she looks at you funny, you can use it as a chance to educate her: You are being extra cautious to make sure your son's foreskin is not retracted. Forced retraction is painful and can cause medical problems for baby boys.)
- If your son is ever out of your direct care, make sure to inform his caregivers very clearly not to pull back his foreskin, not even a little. Visit the Basic Intact Care page to print simple, poster style instructions and a more thorough brochure.
- If your son spends time in the NICU make sure a sign goes in his NICU bed and the ankle bracelet stays on his ankle. Find out what times the nurses change shifts (ex. every 12 hours.) Call and talk to your son's nurse at the beginning of each shift to make sure they understand he is not to be circumcised or have his foreskin retracted. You may need to explain what retraction is. Visit the Basic Intact Care page to print simple, poster style instructions and a more thorough brochure.
- Visit our Catheters & Urine Samples page to educate yourself on catheter insertion for intact boys (hint: foreskin should not be retracted.)
Hospital Bag Packing List
There are a lot of preparations to make prior to the birth of your baby. While we can't decide for you which nursery color or diaper brand to choose, we can help make packing your hospital or birthing center bag a bit easier with Your Whole Baby's Hospital Bag Packing List. From your birth plan to your baby’s keepsake book, we have included the most popular items as suggested by the more than 9,000 members of Your Whole Baby: A Community for Learning. Our packing list, with clickable checkmarks and a spot to add any additional items, will allow you to cross off one more item from your baby to-do list!
Delivering a baby is hard work, but creating a birth plan doesn't have to be difficult. We have put together an editable plan for you to use as a guide when outlining your delivery expectations with your birth team. We have organized it into sections such as About Me, During Labor, Newborn Procedures, and more to help make your preferences and needs very clear.